October 20. 2013 5:45PM

Windham man sentenced in child pornography case

Union Leader Correspondent

BRENTWOOD — A 21-year-old man was sentenced three to six years in state prison for keeping hundreds of pictures and videos of child pornography using computers at his parents’ home in Windham and on computer devices in Rindge where he was attending college, prosecutors said on Friday.

David Roth of Windham waived indictment and pleaded guilty in Cheshire County Superior Court to six counts of possession of child sexual abuse images for charges that spanned two counties.

Prosecutors say that Roth compiled a collection of images and videos that depicted underage boys engaged in sexual contact with adult men.

Some of the boys were as young as toddlers, according to prosecutors.

Roth was arrested in January by Windham police and remained free on bail until his sentencing on Thursday.

Police learned about Roth’s pornography collection through Cybertips, operated by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The information was passed on to police Sgt. Tom Grella, commander of the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Police were given information about someone uploading and downloading suspected abuse images from an address in Windham, according to prosecutors. That led police to the home of Roth’s parents, prosecutors said.

Court documents say Roth transferred three videos of children engaging in sexually explicit conduct to the Flixya web site. The videos were posted last July 19 and July 22, according to court complaints.

Search warrants obtained by police led to the seizure of “numerous computer devices” in Windham and in Rindge, where Roth was attending college, prosecutors said.

Police interviewed Roth and his family during the investigation. The investigation revealed that Roth had uploaded and shared some of his collection with other people through the Internet, prosecutors said.

Roth is serving a state prison term on one of the charges.

He received suspended 3- to 6-year prison sentences on five other charges, which would run consecutively if they were ever imposed.

Prosecutors could ask a judge to impose those sentences in the next 20 years if Roth does not remain on good behavior or comply with the terms of his plea agreement.

As part of the plea deal, prosecutors agreed to forgo any further charges related to distribution of child pornography and possession of other images.

Judge Brian T. Tucker accepted the negotiated plea deal, and ordered Roth to undergo the state’s Sexual Offender Program. Tucker accepted the plea and sentenced Roth on Thursday. Police in Portsmouth, Windham, Derry, Nashua, Hinsdale and Rindge played a role in the investigation.