ADVERTISEMENT

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) A Long Island real estate investor accused of having his girlfriend in the Ukraine make and send him videos of her sexually abusing her 3-year-old daughter has been released on $3 million bail.

Newsday (http://bit.ly/1b0BEz3 ) says 47-year-old Joseph Valerio, of Smithtown, was arrested Sunday by FBI agents and Suffolk County police officers on a charge producing child pornography.

Valerio was not required to plead to a charge in Court Tuesday. His lawyer, Anthony La Pinta, declined to comment after the hearing.

Prosecutors say Valerio "scripted" the activities that he wanted the woman to undertake with her child and that he had sent her between $8,000 and $12,000 over the course of their relationship.

If convicted, Valerio faces up to 30 years in prison.

___

Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com