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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Project Safe Childhood - Derry Man Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Possession

            CONCORD, N.H. – David Morel, Jr., 31, of Derry, New Hampshire, pleaded guilty on December 19, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to possessing child pornography, announced United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice.

            In February 2014, the New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Derry Police Department developed information linking online images of child pornography to Morel’s residence in Derry, New Hampshire. In April 2016, a search warrant was obtained and executed on Morel’s computer, which contained numerous videos depicting young children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

            Morel is scheduled for sentencing in March 2016, and faces a maximum prison term of 10 years, to be followed by a term of at least 5 years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.

            The case was investigated by the Derry Police Department, in conjunction with Homeland Security Investigations Manchester and the New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Helen Fitzgibbon and Shane Kelbley.

             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 Attorneys 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 to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.  

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Updated December 21, 2016