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Nashua Man Sentenced to 300 Months for Manufacturing Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Hampshire

            CONCORD - Chad Francisco, 32, of Nashua, was sentenced to 300 months in federal prison for manufacturing child pornography, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

            According to court documents and statements made in court, a child endangerment inquiry by the Nashua Police Department resulted in a criminal investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”).  During the investigation, HSI obtained a federal search warrant for Francisco’s cellular phone, which revealed visual depictions of sexually explicit conduct involving two children under the age of 10 years old.  Francisco was found to have created the visual depictions using his cellular phone, and he admitted to transmitting the photos to others through text messages.

            Francisco previously pleaded guilty on November 3, 2020.  

            “Protecting the children of New Hampshire is one of the highest priorities of our law enforcement community,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “This defendant’s sexual exploitation of young children was reprehensible conduct that merited this very substantial prison sentence.  We will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to identify, prosecute, and incarcerate those who prey on young children to create child pornography.” 

            This matter was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations with assistance from the Nashua Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kasey Weiland.

            In February 2006, the Department of Justice introduced Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.  Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better 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




Updated February 19, 2021

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Press Release Number: 21-028