Greenland man pleads guilty to child porn possession
By Elizabeth Dinan
Concord — A Greenland man pleaded guilty to possession of child exploitation images Tuesday and will be sentenced in May, announced Acting United States Attorney John Farley.
Jason Stone, 39, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court of New Hampshire and the plea is a result of an October 2016 search of his home, Farley announced.
According to the federal court records, in June 2016 a local member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and an agent for the Department of Homeland Security obtained user information for a chat room used by “individuals posting child pornography files.” The court records describe several films of children being sexually exploited, that were connected to an internet protocol address, traced to Stone’s internet account.
Based on that information, federal agents sought and were granted permission in October 2016 from U.S. District Court Judge Andrea Johnstone to search Stone’s home for evidence of “minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct”. A custody receipt for seized evidence shows a cell phone, floppy disc and four laptops were seized.
A review of those electronic devices uncovered “more than 100 images and videos of child pornography,” Farley announced Tuesday. Court records note that Stone faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a fine of $250,000.
“Child pornography crimes jeopardize the innocence of young people,” said Farley. “Through the Project Safe Childhood initiative, the U.S. Attorney’s Office works closely with our law enforcement parnters to identify and prosecute those who possess child pornography, as well as those who product or distribute this material”.