There was nothing funny about the latest public appearance for Adonis Losada, the former cross-dressing comic for the beloved Spanish-language variety show Sabado Gigante.
A Miami prosecutor told jurors on Wednesday that Losada traded in disturbing images of young children in an online chat room called “Baby Toddler Love.”
“Some are below the age of five. Some are toddlers,” Assistant State Attorney Tom Haggerty said.
First busted in 2009, Losada is the former funny man for the long-running Univisión show that ended last October. It was a stunning twist for the actor who used to don a gray wig and a granny dress to play the zany character named Doña Concha.
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He faces 51 counts of possessing child pornography.
This is not the first trial for the 52-year-old ex-actor. In May 2014, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted on child pornography charges in Palm Beach County.
Prosecutors said the former Miami Beach resident sent child-porn images to someone he believed was a fellow child-porn collector, but was actually an undercover detective. To look at more images, Losada even met with another undercover Broward Sheriff’s detective posing as child pornographer at a Starbucks in Hallandale Beach.
Jurors on Wednesday heard secretly recorded calls between Losada and the detective, and also viewed video of them at the Starbucks. They also saw covertly shot video of Losada as he goes into the undercover detective’s car to look at a book containing images of child porn.
Losada’s lawyer, assistant public defender Lauren Dawson, acknowledged the photos were “disgusting” and “despicable.” But she insisted that there was not enough proof to convict Losada.
“He never possessed child pornography,” Dawson said.
The trial continues Wednesday afternoon before Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch.