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Date of Release: Friday February 22, 2008
Reference: Sex Offender Sentenced (NH ICAC Task Force Activity)

Sex offender Paul Peters has been sentenced in Federal court to serve 15 ½ years in prison and lifetime probation for possession of child pornography.

Paul Peters, age 50, of 32 S. State St. in Concord, NH, was arrested this summer as part of statewide child pornography investigations led by the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The investigation led to a search of Mr. Peters apartment where a large number of images and movies of child pornography was found.

Peters pleaded guilty in September to one count of possession of child pornography and was sentenced on February 21, 2008 in federal court.

This case is one of dozens currently initiated by the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. In 2007, the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed 41 search warrants involving child exploitation crimes and processed over 100 computer systems to obtain digital evidence. In addition, the task force responded to dozens of complaints of child exploitation crimes involving computers and in some instances, were able to intervene and stop the victimization of children in New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is led by the Portsmouth Police Department. The Concord Police Department, New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, and US Attorney’s Office played a critical role in this case.

The Portsmouth Police Department is responsible for managing the task force, planning operations, investigating reported child exploitation crimes, processing digital evidence, providing public awareness and child safety programs and receives federal grant funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) through the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to fund this effort.

The New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is currently comprised of nineteen (19) state & local law enforcement agencies and works in partnership with all federal agencies.

 

MICHAEL J. MAGNANT
CHIEF OF POLICE


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