An Otsego County man is accused of promoting child pornography.

New York State Police said they arrested Francesco Carotenuto, 56, of Schenevus after finding him in possession of child exploitation footage.

New York State Police say Carotenuto is charged with the felony (Class D) of promoting a sexual performance by a child and possession of a sexual performance by a child.

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Investigators say they have found images consistent with Internet child sexual exploitation.

Authorities say while at the man’s property in the Maryland town, they found what they say were other violations, but involving animals.

Soldiers say they found seven adult dogs on Carotenuto’s property that lacked food, water or adequate shelter.

The dogs were released into the care of the Otsego County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The discovery of the dogs resulted in Carotenuto’s indictment under the New York Farm and Market Act of excessive driving, torture and injury to animals. This count is a crime.

Officers attended Carotenuto’s home on September 8. No information was given on what triggered the investigation.

According to the New York State Police news release, Carotenuto was taken into custody at the Otsego County Arrest and Treatment Center. He was sent to Otseto County Jail. Bail was set at $20,000 cash or $100,000 bail. Authorities say the Schenevus man’s case was being handled in Maryland City Court.

Anyone who suspects incidents of child exploitation or witnesses incidents of animal cruelty is encouraged to contact local law enforcement officials.

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