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L.A. artist arrested on suspicion of molesting toddlers

A Los Angeles artist was arrested Friday on suspicion of molesting his two 20-month-old  daughters, according to law enforcement officials.

Paul Rusconi, 45, was taken into custody by Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators and booked on suspicion of committing lewd acts upon a minor and possession of child pornography, according to police records.  He was released Saturday on $220,000 bail, records show.

The circumstances that led to Rusconi's arrest were not disclosed.

Much of Rusconi’s work focuses on pop stars, actors and other public figures.  He  often uses photographs and has been known to layer them with nail polish and other media.

In an interview last year published on the Huffington Post, Rusconi said, “My work revolves around those that make up and influence Pop Culture -- politicians, musicians, actors, authors, designers, artists, as well as people in the public eye. I find the recycled images of these people fascinating. I like to re-present images that we as a culture are inundated with.”

In the same interview he was asked where in Los Angeles he liked to spend time and responded, “Anywhere that my two girls are because I love them more than I knew was possible.”

Rusconi could not be reached for comment.

--Joel Rubin

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