Dalia Dippolito Cop, Sgt. Frank Ranzie, Under Investigation For Possible Kiddie Porn
|Sgt. Frank Ranzie during Dippolito trial|
Boynton Beach police Sgt. Frank Ranzie, the cop who handled the Dalia Dippolito murder-for-hire plot, is reportedly under investigation for having kiddie porn on his laptop.
According to the report, the porn was discovered after Ranzie brought his laptop in for service after it was hit with a virus.
The department couldn't immediately determine whether the people in the images were adults, which is weird seeing how these are detectives and all, but whatever.
The computer was handed over to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office for analysis, according to spokeswoman Stephanie Slater.
If it turns out that it's just regular porn with adults being naked and doing porny things, then Ranzie will face discipline from the department, seeing how the laptop belongs to the city.
If it turns out the images are of children, he'll be up shit creek.
Ranzie, who's originally from New York and has been with the force since 1998, it turns out, is a bit of a menace.
He was arrested in 2001 on charges of molesting a 13-year-old girl, which he denied. The case was dropped when prosecutors found evidence that suggested the girl lied. He was demoted after the incident, but the arrest was expunged by a judge.
In 2003, Ranzie was suspended without pay after he and a buddy hit up a Boynton strip club while on duty. Not long after that, he was suspended again for telling two undercover cops posing as hookers to drink some booze to calm their nerves before hitting the streets to arrest some johns.
Ranzie gained national attention in 2009 when he and another officer came up with an elaborate sting operation that nabbed Dalia Dippolito after she tried to hire a hitman to murder her newlywed husband.
Ranzie gained his 15-minutes of Interwebs fame in a viral undercover police video that shows him telling Dippolito that her husband was dead. According to Ranzie, she began to wail without tears. "It seemed anticipated, like she was expecting it as soon as I delivered the words," Ranize said at the time. Turns out, the husband wasn't really dead and Dippolito was arrested. She was eventually convicted but has appealed.
As for Ranzie's possible kiddie porn fiasco, there is an active internal affairs investigation underway, according to spokeswoman Slater.
Ranzie, 48, remains on full duty.