Newmarket man gets prison for sending sexually explicit photos of minorBy JAMES A. KIMBLE
Union Leader Correspondent
January 13. 2014 6:03PM
BRENTWOOD — A Newmarket man was sentenced to serve two to four years in state prison for sending sexually explicit photos of his 17-year-old ex-girlfriend to her father through Facebook.
Corey Ferland, 22, pleaded guilty to four charges of distribution of child sexual abuse images for sending the photos on Feb. 5, 2013. He received a suspended three- to six-year sentence on two of the charges.
Prosecutors agreed to drop four other charges — including manufacturing the images — that Ferland was indicted on as part of a negotiated plea deal.
Ferland could face more prison time in another case for an alleged sexual encounter with a 15-year-old girl on Sept. 8 while he was free on bail.
A grand jury indicted Ferland last month on two counts of felonious sexual assault, misdemeanor sexual assault and a dispensing a controlled drug charge. Prosecutors moved to revoke Ferland’s bail after being arrested by Newmarket police in September.
In the Hampton case, police executed a search warrant at Ferland’s home on Feb. 20, 2013, after they learned about him allegedly sending the photos.
Had Ferland been convicted at trial for manufacturing child sexual abuse images, he could have faced up to 15 to 30 years in state prison and another 10 to 20 years on the distribution and possession charges, according to the indictments.
The investigation was led by Hampton police with assistance from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
The girl in the latest case told Newmarket police that she met Ferland around 1 a.m. on Sept. 8 and had a sexual encounter with him.
She and Ferland decided to meet at a local bus stop while communicating through Pinger, a text messaging service used on computers, according to a police affidavit.
Police say Ferland had a sexual encounter with the girl at a baseball park off Elm Street. Ferland also allegedly gave the girl marijuana to smoke while at the park. The sexual assault charge in that case is punishable by up to 3 ½ to 7 years in state prison.