Last Friday morning, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested a Phillipsville man after serving a search warrant at his house and finding child pornography. The case originated when a juvenile disclosed that he had been he had been sexually assaulted by the suspect, Charles Philip Maniaci, 57. After further investigation, the Sheriff’s Office was able to obtain a search warrant for Maniaci’s residence on the 400 block of Spring Canyon Lane. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by agents from the Humboldt County Drug Task Force and Investigators with the District Attorney’s Office.
Shortly after 7:00 a.m. Friday, When the search team arrived at the residence, they announced themselves several times and did not receive a response from the residents inside. Deputies forced the door open and found Maniaci inside; he was taken into custody without further incident.
Inside the residence law enforcement personnel found computers, cellular telephones, boxes and cases containing DVD’s containing child pornography. They also found a hiding place under the house where additional child pornography material was hidden.
An indoor marijuana growing operation was also found at the property, with 611 growing marijuana plants.
Maniaci was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on charges that included forcible lewd act upon a child, lewd or lascivious on a child under 14 (2 counts), distributing child pornography, sending or selling child pornography, and possession of child pornography. His bail has been set at $250,000 and he is expected to be arraigned by Wednesday.