Manchester man pleads guilty in child pornography case
CONCORD - A Manchester man faces up to five years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of transportation of child pornography.
Arthur Annis, 51, of 60 Kings Court entered the plea Thursday in U.S. District Court.
The New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force opened an investigation in 2011 after investigators with Homeland Security Investigations observed an individual using a file sharing program to share sexually explicit images and videos of minor children.
According to court documents, an undercover investigator signed into a file sharing program and saw an individual using the screen name "Boyzrule" connected to the network and sharing image files depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit activity. The images were visible in thumbnail form without being downloaded. The special agent also observed a large number of video files, which could not be viewed without downloading, but which had file names suggesting the contents were child pornography.
On July 22, 2011, the agent downloaded 51 image files directly from "Boyzrule's" computer, all of which appeared to depict minors engaged in sexual acts. Additionally, the agent captured 810 thumbnail images that appeared to be child pornography.
The agent determined the internet protocol (IP) address of the the "Boyzrule's" computer and then, using publicly available databases, determined the IP address was registered to Internet Service Provider (ISP) Comcast Cable.
Comcast, responding to an administrative summons, reported that the IP address was assigned to Annis.
A search warrant was obtained for Annis' premises and on Oct. 3, 2011, during the course of the search, Annis admitted to investigators he used his laptop to download and view child pornography and that his screen name was "Boyzrule," according to court papers.
Annis also told investigators he knew files stored in the "share" folder are accessible for others using Gigatribe to view and download and that he had child pornography in his "share" folder.
A forensic review of the computer revealed numerous images of child pornography. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) identified 1,962 images and 92 videos, according to court documents.
Annis is to be sentenced on July 7.