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Raymond man faces possession of child porn charges

CANDIA — A 24-year-old Raymond man is charged with possessing child pornography after police discovered he allegedly used a file-sharing program to download illegal photos and movies, police said.

Timothy Southwick faces two counts of possession of child sex abuse images in 10th Circuit Court, Candia Division.

Raymond police got a tip about Southwick from an investigator with Vermont’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The Vermont investigator told local police on March 29 that a computer using Southwick’s Internet protocol address had shared at “least six complete files” that contained child pornography, according to a police affidavit.

Police executed a search warrant at Southwick’s home June 3. They seized a laptop computer. Southwick was also interviewed by police during the search.

Southwick “admitted ownership of the laptop computer and his complicity in downloading and sharing child pornography,” said Raymond police Detective Richard Labell in a sworn affidavit.

Southwick allegedly told a police sergeant during the interview “it’s probably a possibility” that he downloaded underage material, according to Labell’s affidavit.

When police told Southwick about a specific search term used on his computer that included the words “pre-teen”, he denied using such a term and asked for an attorney, according to Labell.

An exam of Southwick’s computer yielded at least 250 downloads that were done “by using keywords and titles indicative of child sexual abuse imagery,” Labell said in the affidavit.

The images were downloaded to Southwick’s computer between March and May, police said.

Police were unable to find the six files allegedly shared with the Vermont investigator, the affidavit said. Police believe the images may have been overwritten.

Southwick is free on $10,000 bond. He is due in 10th Circuit Court, Candia Division, on Sept. 3 for a probable cause hearing.

jkimble@newstote.com


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