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Lake Elsinore Photographer Accused Of Child Molestation Tries Cutting His Wrists

Lake Elsinore resident Perry Anthony Pellegrini, 50, is in custody for allegedly possessing child pornography, child abuse and molestation.

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A Lake Elsinore photographer who attempted to cut his own wrists after his wife accused him of child molestation is behind bars for allegedly committing the crime.

Perry Anthony Pellegrini, 50, was arrested and booked into Southwest Detention Center today at 4:30 p.m. for child molestation, continuous abuse of a minor and possession of child pornography, according to a report from Sgt. Patrick J. Chavez of the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station.

The investigation into Pellegrini began the evening of Nov. 29 when deputies were called to a residence in the 16400 block of Joy Street. Police arrived around 6:30 p.m. and found Pellegrini, who had attempted to cut his wrists after being accused of child molestation by his wife, the sergeant reported.

Pellegrini was transported to a local mental health facility for treatment and investigators subsequently served a search warrant at the residence. During their search, investigators found “numerous digital photographs depicting minors in several states of undress,” Sgt. Chavez reported.

Pellegrini was arrested after he was medically released from the local hospital.

According to the sergeant’s report, Pellegrini is an “amateur photographer” with a studio in Huntington Beach. He is also the owner/operator of Lake Elsinore-based PSP Photography.

On a website called Modelgraphy.com, photos depicting young females allegedly taken by Pellegrini are posted.

The Lake Elsinore Police Department is urging anyone who may have been victimized by Pellegrini to come forward by contacting Investigator Deanne or Investigator Pelato at (951) 245-3300 or after hours and on weekends at (951) 776-1099.

Megan Batson December 02, 2011 at 03:25 AM
This is FREAKEN SICK!!!! I don't get how people can harm a child, and then you won't to go and harm your self because why your GUILTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anon December 02, 2011 at 04:52 PM
I want to see his picture!
Tonto December 02, 2011 at 05:16 PM
dam, thats going on my favorites list :)
Diana December 02, 2011 at 05:23 PM
Everyday there is a post on the Patch for another stupid idiot that lives among us in our town. Pervs, meth addicts, robbers, parolel violators, someone running an underground visa operation at a flight school, I am in awe that a town this small has this much crime going on daily.............it is more then scary and very sad to think that they all flock to LE.
LAKE ELSINORE RESIDENT December 02, 2011 at 05:37 PM
The Patch is doing a wonderful job of reporting the news and exposing what is really going on in Lake Elsinore.
Daniela December 02, 2011 at 05:37 PM
I'm just thankful that there is another one of these horrible, sick, twisted people off the street. I just hope if he is guilty, that he doesn't get off easy like so many do.
Christi December 02, 2011 at 07:07 PM
The same info about the website is on 2 other news sites as well as in print. It is also available in the press release. The info is also important so people know Not to contact the site or stores, or someone may have more information based on the website. So yes, it was necessary.
silvia December 02, 2011 at 07:30 PM
Diana, if you so unhappy here in LE? Why don't you move? LE will not miss you. The Patch is doing what what they suppose to do, inform the resident of this community what is going on, good and bad thinks happen every were in this world Said a pray and stop complaining
Diana December 02, 2011 at 07:58 PM
Silvia: Believe me I would love nothing better then to move but unfortunately life is not that easy. I have been here since the early 90's and with the housing cost down it would be impossible for us to sell our home and make any money not to mention our business. I post on the Patch as I see it and if that offends you or anyone else I don't know what to tell you... reality check really sucks doesn't it Silvia???????? As for the Patch I commend them for their reporting and always have and also commend them for bringing to the public what actually takes place in LE, prior to the Patch we that live here had no clue. BTW prayer is a good thing but it is up to individuals to take some responsibility for their own actions and my prayers just won't help some.........
Anon December 02, 2011 at 08:03 PM
I always have mixed feelings about LE. I raised my kids here and they are grown now. They turned out well. I have met a lot of good people here. There is rif raf in every town, just seems we have a little more here than we need. If I could sell right now, I probably would.
Charles Baker December 03, 2011 at 03:52 AM
Sad to say but there IS riff raff in every town. I don't believe there is any more here than there is elsewhere. We just have Patch to keep us informed. I have been here since 1967 and have seen so much go on in this town. We used to be a population of 3900 in 1967. Now what is the population? Ten times that and with growth comes it's problems. Still not as bad as other places I've seen.
Wizard Without Remorse December 03, 2011 at 04:48 AM
Add photographers to the list of people not to allow near your children. They would be right up there with teachers, coaches, priests, ministers, uncles, and step-fathers. Sad to say that you cannot trust anyone around children today. Most people in the above categories are perfectly safe and would never harm a child, but you just don't know which one is not. I would imagine not one of the recently accused is listed on a sex offender warning site under Megan's Law! I think it was addressed and the post deleted, but does posting the web-site containing pictures of under age in this news venue constitute promotion of a child pornographer's work? If there were illegal images on the web-site I imagine it would have been shut down, but is the Patch suggesting we should visit there and why?
Tonto December 03, 2011 at 05:00 AM
Im sorry ladies
Tonto December 03, 2011 at 05:08 AM
Do we need a new governmenet agency to regulate all this ?
Brad December 03, 2011 at 06:47 AM
His website looks like a call girl website covering as a model website. Trust me.... I'm an expert.
evelia December 03, 2011 at 08:11 AM
I wish I could leave this drugged out nasty, creepy town full of drunks and other idiots but I can't so I have to deal with the crao and thankfully the Patch informs me of everything going on... Love the patch!!
molomom December 03, 2011 at 03:33 PM
I'm distgusted by some of these comments, wanting to see the pictures?? are you kidding me???? I know this family, and they deserve resepect. these girls have been through hell, and people are making jokes of it.. you should be ashamed..
Brad December 03, 2011 at 04:11 PM
Why leave a town with such low competition, when you're at the top? It's fun at the top. If people like us moved to San Diego or Orange County or LA, there would be far too much competition & "rat race" for us to want to deal with. At least here, it doesn't take much to be "better" then everyone else.
Roberto December 03, 2011 at 05:00 PM
The real question is: Is he guilty or is this another witch hunt? One persons porn is another persons art, models or subject both. It's to bad a fair trial cannot take place and never will.
Pixie dust December 06, 2011 at 09:24 PM
I know this family. I am sure they are in enough pain without all this stuff being said. Ok...be mad ...we all are. Just remember the ones that hurt the most are the ones at home!
Tom Hunter December 09, 2011 at 04:38 PM
Let him die.
Rick Benner May 19, 2012 at 12:27 AM
I know this case personally......the wife did not accuse him of this behavior.....in fact the girls (victims) themselves say that he never touched them in such manner......no this is a witch hunt......the photographs which were all deleted photos were ones not for sexual gratification....but we're photos that are more like mainstream bikini shots.....his girls and him did these out of mutual want...the girls were having fun just being models.....and he just wanted his girls to have fun......one daughter even wanted to pressure modeling and the wife took her to many shoots where bikini and even lingerie was worn. So always be on guard when reading things in paper.......the man charged knew once he was even accused of this he would be tainted no matter what the outcome......these comments are living proof of that.....we need always t remember. We are innocent till proven guilty. Just all so u know....he is a eunuch. He can't have sex nor the drive for it.
Roberto May 19, 2012 at 01:35 AM
If he's innocent, here in Rail Road County they will manufacture chargesn until he pleads guilty to something. Corruption is wide spread and overcharging, lying, D.A. bullying & judges is the norm whilst criminalsn get away. Typical corrupt armpit Riverside County
Jamie Anderson July 11, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Well yes this is true, he is innocent.....I know he is, I have modeled with him and I'm an adult.....he has never asked me or any of my friends to pose nude nor pressured us to do so...even willing models that wanted nudes done, he never asked them to do it. It was always up to the models. He is a very professional photographer and never did anything inappropriate to anyone I know. He always spoke very proud of his kids, and I know he wanted to help them to get in the industry if they really wanted it. I hear he has to plea bargin because he doesn't want his daughters tormented with a trial. He loves them very very much. I still can't believe of all people he is in this. He has been judged so bad already, however, has anyone read one of the first post on patch by his wife? No! Even his wife says he is innocent. And the patch has never retracted their statement calling him a molester.....that's slander!!!! Here are people saying all this great stuff about the patch.....keep talking until its your name that's slandered. I have no respect for this site. How can I? When the wife herself says this story is wrong right away and the patch just keeps calling him a molester. Another propoghanda slander site!!
Jamie Anderson July 11, 2012 at 01:20 AM
He is not what you think he is
Jamie Anderson July 11, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Charles, what you say is true, however, not of this gentleman......he is a victim as well in this......and to think so many would think this of him. He would never intentionally harm his kids. If you think so? Then you don't know him.
Jamie Anderson July 11, 2012 at 01:26 AM
That's just model mayhem......his Facebook site is his true work...he does some of the best photography.....and that's not just my opinion.......many members of the professional photographers of America concur.
Jamie Anderson July 11, 2012 at 01:40 AM
No Magen in fact you are living proof of why he did so......without any investigation into it. He is found guilty, and must now prove his innocence.....he was right, when a man gets accused of this the public will hang him......he has no chance of a fair trial, not in this county (thank god I don't live here). I'm glad he didn't succeed. He is an extremely good man with strong values? He loves his wife and kids with all his soul.....he felt he lost all. He didn't want to live without them. I know he was going through a lot of marital issues....and he actually thought his wife did this to brand him. But later we found out his wife never even accused him of it....it was the police who went after him in a witch hunt. The patch even reports that his studio is in Huntington beach.....WRONG,,,,if they can't even get little information correct....how can we trust the big stuff. The fact is when perry was told he was being accused of molestation he knew he was tainted, when one of the so called victims called him while attempting suicide he informed them what he was being accused of....the victim screamed that's a lie!!!!! You have never touched me like that!!!!! So hold all judgements please.

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