Perry Anthony Pellegrini, Dirty Photographer, Poses for Ugly Police Mugshot of the Week
Perry Anthony Pellegrini lives in Lake Elsinore, where he has a photography shop on Riverside Drive. But he also has a studio in Huntington Beach. Guess those who can't pose, shoot. Seriously, is one of dude's eyes lower than the other?
The 50-year-old found himself on the opposite end of the lens in the Riverside County Sheriff's booking area, where this week's ugliest police mugshot was snapped after Pellegrini was accused of molesting and taking sexually suggestive photos of two girls.
He should also be accused of being a drama queen. After his wife confronted him about the molestations and called sheriff's deputies, Pellegrini tried to slash his wrists. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was treated for his wounds and ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
He left his hospital bed for a jail bunk in December, but a month later he made his $50,000 bail and was released. Meanwhile, investigators found numerous digital images of minors in various states of undress on his home computer, according to authorities. A judge this week tripled Pellegrini's bail, and he was taken back into custody.
If he is convicted of the charges pending against him--five counts of lewd acts with a child under 15 and one count of possessing child porn--Pellegrini could get up to 40 years in state prison.
The full Monty, er, Perry:
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