A former Albany police detective, shot in the line of duty in 1999, was arrested early Wednesday on a federal child pornography possession charge, authorities said.
Stanley Nadoraski, 41, is accused of having numerous video files depicting two naked girls, approximately aged 9 or 10 years old, dancing and bending over, according to the complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Albany.
Investigators focused on Nadoraski, according to papers, after Nadoraski attempted to purchase access to a “hard-core child pornography” Web site last year.
Nadoraski also allegedly admitted to federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent James C. Hamilton that he had been obtaining and viewing images of naked minors via the Internet for about a year.
Nadoraski allegedly told investigators that he has been seeing a psychologist for mental health issues and has discussed the images with his psychologist, according to papers filed in the case.
He allegedly estimated that he possessed 30 video files depicting naked minors and a “couple of hundred” similar still images on a computer in his home, according to the court filing.
Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigators with the Colonie Police Department seized Nadoraski’s computer in the Wednesday morning raid.
Nadoraski was one of two Albany police officers injured in a Nov. 13, 1999, shooting on North Swan Street in Arbor Hill. A suspect resisted arrest and a struggle ensued. The suspect grabbed Nadoraski’s partner’s gun, shooting Nadoraski twice and his partner once.
Nadoraski was shot in the face and shoulder with one bullet and in the back with a second. He almost bled to death, was hospitalized for nearly two weeks and needed extensive surgery.
Albany police officials declined to comment Wednesday.
Nadoraski has also figured into the Albany Common Council’s investigation into the “ghost ticket” parking scandal. The retired detective disputed Albany Police Chief James Tuffey’s testimony that the chief only recently learned of the practice of exempting some people from tickets, according to Gazette news-gathering partner CBS 6.
Nadoraski appeared in U.S. District Court in Albany Wednesday afternoon before Judge Randolph Treece, officials said. He is to be held pending a detention hearing Friday. It was unclear if Nadoraski had an attorney.
The federal court filing outlines how investigators centered on Nadoraski.
Federal ICE investigators in New Jersey began investigating the child pornography Web site in October 2005. The site advertised access to videos of child pornography over the Internet. A monthly subscription was advertised at $79.99 and could only be paid by credit card.
An investigation ensued and agents eventually learned the names of several of the purchasers. They obtained Nadoraski’s information May 27, 2008, according to papers.
Nadoraski allegedly attempted two purchases at the Web site, but both were declined.
But by March 12 this year, investigators subpoenaed Nadoraski’s credit card information and found suspicious purchases on Nov. 4 and Jan. 21. The billing companies were identical to other child pornography Web sites.
That was apparently enough information for the search warrant.