NORTH HAVERHILL — A Warren man has been sentenced to serve between 20 and 40 years in New Hampshire State Prison for sexually assaulting minors and for possessing, manufacturing and distributing child sexual abuse images.
Appearing in Grafton County Superior Court on June 7, Andrew K. Hanley, 32, of Route 25, was sentenced to 10 to 20 years on two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and to 7½ to 15 years on 41 counts of possessing child sexual abuse images. The sentences will run concurrent to each other.
Hanley also was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison on three counts of distributing child sexual abuse images, which will run consecutive to the sentence for aggravated felonious sexual assault; and to 15 to 20 years, all suspended for 20 years, on four counts of manufacturing child sexual abuse images.
“Unfortunately, these crimes are all too common,” said Grafton County Attorney Martha Hornick in a prepared statement. “I encourage the public to educate themselves about the exploitation of children on the internet. Please talk to your children about internet safety and make a point to know what your children are doing online.”
According to Hornick, several “cyber tips” about Hanley’s activities were made to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in September 2018 and then forwarded to both the NH Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Grafton County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Department identified Hanley and, with other agencies, executed a search warrant at Hanley’s home in which a cell phone containing “multiple” images and videos of child sexual abuse were found.
Hanley was indicted by the Grafton County Grand Jury in January.
The indictments charged that between Jan. 1, 2017 and Dec. 31 2017, Hanley inappropriately touched a 6-year old and a 9-year old.
During the same period and through Oct. 31, 2018, the indictments said Hanley made video recordings of child sexual abuse and that he distributed/shared images of child sexual abuse on Aug. 25 and Oct. 13 of 2018.
The victims in the images and videos are all pre-pubescent girls, the youngest of which is an infant.
At the time of his arrest, Hanley was an employee with the Wentworth Highway Department, according to the sheriff’s department.