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MIGUEL QUINONES 

Ex-TSA worker sentenced for child sex abuse images


BRENTWOOD — A former Transportation Security Administration worker at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport was sentenced two to four years in state prison for possessing child sex abuse images.

Miguel Quinones, 39, pleaded guilty on Monday to five counts of possession of the images as part of a negotiated agreement with county prosecutors.

Quinones began serving his prison term after his guilty plea in Rockingham County Superior Court. Assistant County Attorney Terri Harrington argued for a two- to four-year prison term.

Judge N. William Delker said Quinones needed to serve a state prison sentence but allowed him to be released on home confinement after he serves a year behind bars. Delker noted Quinones took significant steps to address his offense, and was remorseful about how his actions impacted his family and others.

“You took it seriously even before you knew whether or not police were going to charge you with anything,” Delker said. “You embraced that you have a problem.”

Quinones came under the scrutiny by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force on Jan. 2.

Londonderry police seized a laptop and three USB drives that Quinones kept in his work locker at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, according to prosecutors.

Scores of illegal images were found on the computer hardware by investigators, prosecutors said. Indictments say the images depict minor females engaged a variety of sexual acts.

Quinones also received a suspended 2-to 8-year suspended prison sentence on one of the charges. He was ordered to undergo all treatment and counseling mandated necessary by corrections officials.

He will be required to undergo a sexual offender program, but will be able to do so once he is released, Delker said. A grand jury had indicted Quinones on 20 counts related to possessing the illegal images, but county prosecutors agreed to drop some of those charges as the case progressed. Had a jury convicted Quinones, he could have faced up to 7 ½ to 15 years in state prison and a $4,000 fine on each of the charges. Quinones no longer works for the TSA.

jkimble@newstote.com

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