Donald Luciano, 'Beverly's Full House' Producer, Held In Child Pornography Case

FORT LAUDERDALE -- A television and movie producer will remain in jail without bond on a child pornography charge, a federal magistrate judge ruled Thursday.

Donald Luciano, 41, was arrested Monday after FBI agents say they found several illicit images on his laptop computer and his iPhone. During the course of a 22-month investigation, Luciano texted a government informant that he was "aggressively going after boys" and "completely addicted to it," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis Viamontes.

Luciano produced episodes of "Beverly's Full House," a reality show starring former supermodel Beverly Johnson that aired last year on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Most recently, Luciano has been working as editorial and creative director of New You magazine, a quarterly beauty magazine produced by Hollywood-based Great HealthWorks.

Luciano attempted Thursday to get out of jail on house arrest, but U.S. Magistrate Judge Lurana Snow rejected the request. She found he was a potential danger to the community.

The FBI began investigating Luciano in April 2011 after his name was given to them by a child pornography suspect who agreed to cooperate with authorities.

Luciano sent two e-mails containing child pornography to the informant in May 2011 and another two illicit images in October, according to the FBI. In addition, he talked about being sexually aroused by an infant and molesting a boy in Connecticut, court records show.

FBI special agent Daniel Johns testified Thursday that authorities have not found that Luciano molested any children.

Luciano's attorney, Alan S. Ross, said there's no evidence the veteran producer acted on anything he is accused of saying.

Ross argued Luciano had no prior criminal record and a lengthy work history. Luciano has worked on two movies the last four years as well as producing "Beverly's Full House," Ross said.

Luciano had been staying at a beachside hotel in Fort Lauderdale when FBI agents seized his computer and iPhone. He was arrested four days later.

If convicted of the child pornography charge, he could face up to 10 years in prison., 954-356-4491 or Twitter @jkburstein ___

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