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Man gets 35-year jail term for child pornography

New Hampshire Union Leader

February 22. 2018 8:25PM

CONCORD — A Derry man was sentenced Thursday to serve 35 years in federal prison for producing child pornography.

Peter Morency pleaded guilty last Nov. 13 to three counts of making child pornography.

After serving his prison sentence, Morency will be on supervised release for the rest of his life, federal prosecutors said.

Morency filed and photographed himself performing sexual acts on two children that were known to him who appeared to be sleeping at the time of these acts.

A federal and state investigation found Morency had possessed more than 5,000 still images and 2,000 videos depicting sexual exploitation of children.

Prosecutors said Morency had himself produced 30 of those still images and 37 videos.

“The United States Attorney’s Office is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to protect the children of the Granite State,” said acting U.S. Attorney John J. Farley.

“Those who sexually exploit children cause untold amounts of harm to their victims and our entire community. We are grateful that this defendant will not be able to harm any additional children and we will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute other individuals who commit crimes against children.”

The investigation leading to Morency’s arrest in January 2017 began in June 2015 when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip from AOL, according to an affidavit by Derry police Detective Scott Tompkins.

The tip revealed someone, later identified as Morency, uploaded 16 files believed to be child pornography. Fourteen were later confirmed to be pornographic images of boys, according to Tompkins.

Two days later, another cyber tip was received regarding another email address linked to Morency, Tompkins said. That tip said 14 images of child pornography involving boys had been downloaded.

An investigation by a U.S. Homeland Security agent traced some of the child pornography to the home of a Manchester woman, later identified as Morency’s sister, Tompkins said in his affidavit.

When the sister, now living in Delaware, was contacted by agents in November 2015 and asked about one of the email addresses, she said she believed it was Morency’s email account. The sister told officials Morency was living with relatives at 6R Hardy Court in Derry.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations office investigated the case with assistance from the Derry Police Department, and the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that included several other police departments.

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