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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Hampshire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Dover Man Indicted for Sex Trafficking and Production of Child Pornography

            CONCORD –Tyler Townsend, 27, of Dover, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Monday and charged with sex trafficking of a minor and production of child pornography, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.

            The indictment alleges that from approximately July of 2017 through approximately September of 2017, Townsend took various actions to cause a minor female to engage in commercial sex acts.

            The indictment also alleges that on two occasions in August of 2017, Townsend used the same minor female to engage in sexually explicit conduct to produce a visual depiction of that conduct.

            Townsend is currently in custody on unrelated state charges. 

            The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, with assistance from the Dover Police Department and the New Hampshire Human Trafficking Collaborative Task Force.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kasey Weiland and Anna Dronzek.

            The New Hampshire Human Trafficking Collaborative Task Force is a multidisciplinary effort comprised of law enforcement as well as social, medical, and legal services for victims of human trafficking. The Task Force is funded by a grant from the United States Department of Justice, Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) and Bureau of Justice Programs (BJA). 

            The charges in the indictment are only allegations.  The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. 

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Press Release Number: 
21-155
Updated August 17, 2021