SOMERSWORTH MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
CONCORD, N.H. – Scott Wilson, 41, of Somersworth, pled guilty to transporting a minor through interstate commerce for the purpose of engaging in illegal sexual conduct and to possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney John P. Kacavas.
The defendant was arrested last year when Somersworth Police received information that the defendant had used a computer to lure a young boy he met on-line for sex. Wilson and the boy communicated with each other using e-mail and instant messaging, and Wilson eventually arranged to meet the minor. Wilson drove to Maine to meet the boy and brought him back to New Hampshire to engage in sexual activity at Wilson’s home.
Further investigation revealed that Wilson met the 13 year old boy in 2004 via his “My Space” account. A warrant resulted in the seizure of Wilson’s computer and a subsequent search revealed that the computer contained images of child sexual assault.
Wilson is scheduled to be sentenced on April 18, 2001. He faces a prison term of at least ten years.
This case was investigated by the Somersworth Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Helen White Fitzgibbon, the U.S. Attorney’s coordinator for Project Safe Childhood.
Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative of the United States Department of Justice aimed at combating the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.