Valeriano Torres, 28, faces 15 counts of possession of child pornography, authorities said. Attorney Michael Becker spoke on behalf of his client in bond court Thursday. Torres briefly spoke before Becker cut him off and told him not to.
An artist who was working at Romero Britto’s art gallery was charged with possession of child pornography, The Miami Herald reported.
Valeriano Torres, 28, faces 15 counts of the charge, a Miami-Dade Police arrest report said.
A Miami-Dade judge reduced Torres' bond from $115,000 to $30,000 while placing him on house arrest as he appeared in court Thursday.
Torres' attorney, Michael Becker, said his client was born and raised in Miami and has never been in trouble before.
Torres was arrested after sources informed police that child pornography images were being sent by an unknown email, according to the arrest report.
The email account registered to Torres’s residence in Kendall. When police searched his residence and his bedroom, they found various images of child pornography, the arrest report said.
When police asked about the nude child images, Torres said the images were art, the Herald reported.
Torres was working at the Britto studio in Lincoln Road, but an employee said he longer works there, the Herald reported. He has also been the gallery director of Bruno Fine Art and developed exhibits at the Miami Art Museum, according to the Herald.