Man sentenced after he admits to possessing child sex abuse images

A man from Weare is heading to state prison after he admitted that he possessed child sex abuse images.

After a months-long investigation, Christopher Murphy was arrested last year.

Murphy pleaded guilty on Sept. 13 to six counts of possession of child pornography. The judge made the plea deal official Monday, sentencing Murphy to five to 10 years in prison.

Murphy also received two suspended sentences of seven and a half to 15 years.

“Anytime you have a case involving possession of child sexual abuse images, we’re always going to be concerned about kids,” Rockingham County Attorney Patricia Conway said.

Conway said that while this case may not be as egregious as some others, it still involves conduct society can’t tolerate.

“(In) this case, there was no evidence of sexual assault. However, it’s essentially a photograph of a child being sexually assaulted, and that’s completely unacceptable,” Conway said.

When he is released, Murphy will have to register as a sex offender. He is also not allowed to live in a house with anyone under the age of 16 unless there is another adult present.

Murphy is a former employee of WMUR.