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Another Philadelphia Cook Arrested on Disturbing Child Porn Charges

The 28-year-old worked at Brigantessa.

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For the second time in two months, a Philadelphia cook has been arrested on child pornography charges. According to NJ.com, 28-year-old Taylor Hecht — a cook at Brigantessa — was charged with distribution and possession of child pornography on Wednesday after he was caught uploading the images from his father's New Jersey home. NBC Philadelphia notes police acted on a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Joe Cicala, co-owner and chef of Brigantessa, tells the paper that Hecht is "not welcome back in the restaurant," adding that the allegations "are unacceptable and disgusting to all of us here at Brigantessa." Cicala notes that Hecht was still in his 90-day trial period at the restaurant and that he had not shown up "for the past several days" so Hecht had essentially been terminated already. Hecht is being held on a $125,000 bail.

The news comes just a month after 41-year-old Alex Cappasso, the chef at Philadelphia's Crow & The Pitcher, was arrested and charged with the distribution of child pornography. He was arrested after sending sexual photos of a five-year-old girl, who might be his ex's niece, to an undercover agent. A few weeks earlier, the FBI raided the home of (now former) Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle as part of a child porn investigation. Fogle was eventually named a suspect.

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