Derry Police make Arrest for Computer Crimes


                         One Municipal Drive

Derry, New Hampshire 03038-1458

Tel:  (603) 432-6111

                        Fax: (603) 432-6119

                                PRESS RELEASE

On October 15, 2015, Derry Police Department detectives executed a search warrant at 124 Chases Grove, Derry, New Hampshire. This search was related to an on-going investigation involving the illegal use of computers and alleged possession of images of child sexual abuse at that address. The investigation was worked in conjunction with the Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) Task Force of which the Derry Police Department is a member.

During the search, the Derry Police seized digital devices. Computer forensic examinations were conducted on these devices. As a result of this investigation, the following individual was arrested on a Derry Police warrant on October 23, 2015.

Matthew Rettig

DOB: 8/12/92

124 Chases Grove

Derry, NH 03038

Mr. Rettig is currently charged with:

–   5 counts Attempted Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Images

–   Distribution of Child Sexual Abuse Images

–   Solicitation to Manufacture of Child Sexual Abuse Images

–  Certain Uses of Computer Services Prohibited

–  Endangering the Welfare of Child or Incompetent

– Indecent Exposure and Lewdness

These charges include 7 Class A Felonies, 2 Class B Felonies and one Misdemeanor. The alleged victims in these crimes range in age from 11 years old to 22 years old. It is alleged that some of these crimes were perpetrated using the computer applications “KIK” and “Snapchat”.

Mr. Rettig’s bail was set at $5,000.00 cash bail.  On October 26, 2015 Mr. Retig was arraigned before the 10th Circuit Court – Derry District. His bail remains at $5,000.00 cash or surety.  Rettig is being held at the Rockingham County House of Correction. He is scheduled to appear before the 10th Circuit Court – Derry District on November 5, 2015 at 12:45 PM for a Probable Cause hearing.

San Bernadino County Sheriff arrests Christopher Pate

DATE/TIME: Sunday, September 13, 2015 1050 hours

INCIDENT: Contact Minor for Sexual Acts, Elicit Obscene Matter from Minor

LOCATION: 1500 S Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92264

VICTIM: Confidential

SUSPECT: Christopher Michael Pate, 20 years of age a resident of Morongo Valley

SUMMARY: On August 31, 2015, detectives from Specialized Investigations Division – Crimes Against Children Detail were contacted by Derry Police Department in New Hampshire regarding a twelve year old female receiving lewd photographs and messages from an adult male, Christopher Pate, who lives in Morongo Valley. Crimes Against Children detectives initiated an internet crimes investigation and learned Pate was conversing with the victim using various social media sites. Pate emailed nude photographs to the victim and elicited similar photographs from the victim. Pate also arranged to meet the victim at a waterpark in Palm Springs for the purposes of having sex and other lewd acts. Detectives collaborated with Derry Police Department, Palm Springs Police Department, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Morongo Basin Station and the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office and obtained an arrest warrant for Pate. Pate arrived at the waterpark at the arranged meeting time in an older model Plymouth Voyager mini-van with items indicating he intended to complete the sex acts. Palm Springs Police Department arrested Pate for the warrant in the parking lot of the waterpark. Deputies from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Morongo Basin Station took custody of Pate and returned him to San Bernardino County for interviews and booking. A search warrant was served on Pate’s home at the 9000 Block of Ole Street, in Morongo Valley, and on his mini-van. Additional items were seized by detectives as evidence of the crime. Pate was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail Facility for violation of Penal Codes 288.4(B), Contact Minor with Intent to Commit Sexual Acts and 311.4(C), Elicit Obscene Matter. He is being held in lieu of $225,000 bail. Pate is scheduled for arraignment this afternoon in Morongo Basin Superior Court.

Detectives are releasing the booking photo of Christopher Pate as they believe there may be additional victims. Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective John Everman or Sergeant Dana Foster at Crimes Against Children Detail (909) 387-3615. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or

Refer: Sergeant Dana Foster or Detective John Everman
Station: Crimes Against Children Detail
Phone No. (909) 387-3615
Case No. DR# 601500155 C#2015-177

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Dartmouth Professor Arrested

A Dartmouth College professor who was arrested at his Plainfield home Thursday morning is accused of possessing videos depicting the sexual abuse of children.

J. Martin Favor, 49, was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail following a hearing in Claremont District Court Friday morning, according to court officials.

No plea was entered on Favor’s behalf in response to the five complaints, which resulted from an investigation led by federal officials. The complaints relate to five videos showing child sex abuse that Favor allegedly had in his possession at his home.

Affidavits detailing the investigation were sealed. The complaints said the victims in the videos included several prepubescent boys and a girl.

A probable cause hearing was scheduled for Sept. 14.

Favor has worked at Dartmouth for 22 years, according to the college. His Dartmouth website directory page identifies him as an associate professor of English whose “primary interests” are in 20th-century African-American fiction, cultural studies and “theorizing identity.”

He formerly chaired the African-American studies department.

A college spokeswoman said in an emailed statement Friday that Favor has been placed on paid administrative leave and banned from campus.

“We have no reason to believe that the charges he faces have any connection to his employment at Dartmouth; however, we have notified him that he is prohibited from entering Dartmouth property,” said Diana Lawrence, director for media relations.

The complaints allege that the offenses of possessing the videos took place at Favor’s home.

Favor’s attorney, Charlie Buttrey, declined to comment directly on Favor’s response to the allegations during a phone interview Friday afternoon. Buttrey said he had been retained shortly before the morning’s arraignment, which Buttrey attended via teleconference.

“I am grateful to be part of a judicial system that presumes innocence,” Buttrey said.

Attempts to reach Favor at his home and via email on Friday were unsuccessful.

Favor’s conditions of release preclude him from having unsupervised contact with minors under the age of 18, according to court documents. He also cannot travel outside New Hampshire, among other conditions.

Plainfield police Chief Paul Roberts said his department assisted state and federal officials in executing a federal search warrant at Favor’s home on Mill Village Road at about 7:45 a.m. Thursday.

Roberts said Favor was taken into custody without incident and held overnight at the Sullivan County House of Corrections until his arraignment.

Roberts said the investigation was overseen by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program. Homeland Security and New Hampshire State Police also were on scene.

Attempts to reach officials on the case from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program were unsuccessful.

The Friday morning hearing was prosecuted by a state police trooper. It was not clear on Friday who would prosecute the case going forward.

Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway declined to comment because the case has not been referred to his office.

Favor’s Dartmouth biography said that he is working on a travel narrative about sites associated with the transatlantic slave trade and how they have become tourist attractions, and a project on African-American post-modernisms.

By Friday evening, public access to Favor’s faculty page on the website had been denied.

The Huffington Post has at least six essays attributed to Favor, mostly related to issues of race.

Maggie Cassidy can be reached at


A search warrant was executed at J. Martin Favor’s home in Plainfield on Mill Village Road. An earlier version of this story gave an incorrect name for the road.

Ex-teacher sentenced in Sex Assault of Stratham Teen

The Massachusetts man accused of sexually assaulting a Stratham teenager he met on the Internet under false pretenses in May 2014 has been sentenced to prison after a negotiated plea deal, according to court documents.

Darrell Keene, a 40-year-old former middle school teacher from Andover, Mass., was sentenced on Friday to one year in prison for two counts of felonious sexual assault.

According to the Seacoast Media Group’s reporting at the time, the boy, who was 15 at the time, was assaulted between April 28 and May 6. Court documents alleged that Keene posed as a 17-year-old when chatting online with the teenage victim.

Keene was arrested May 20 and admitted that he had sex with the boy in an interview with police, according to an affidavit from Stratham Detective Sgt. David Pierce.

The teen and Keene allegedly made plans for him to sneak out of his house late at night to meet up at a designated location. In an interview at the Child Advocacy Center of Rockingham County, the teen said he would “sneak out of his house at or about 11 p.m. and would meet with Keene. He stated that after being picked up they would go for a short ride at which point Keene had (sexual relations) with him in the backseat of his car. (The teen) reported that this happened more than once,” the affidavit said.

Keene will enter a sexual offender program and counseling as part of his sentence, which began on Friday. He will remain on probation for four years.