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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Project Safe Childhood Hinsdale Man Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Possession

            CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE:   Dwight Smith, 44, of Hinsdale, New Hampshire, pled guilty on Wednesday in United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to possessing child pornography, announced United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice.

            A joint investigation by the New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations Manchester, and the Hinsdale, New Hampshire Police Department resulted in the seizure of a computer and an external hard drive from Smith’s Hinsdale residence.  A search of those devices revealed dozens of videos and several hundred still images of child pornography.

            Sentencing is scheduled for January 16, 2017.  The defendant faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison, at least five years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.

            The case was investigated by the New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Task Force in conjunction Homeland Security Investigations Manchester, and the police departments of Hinsdale, Manchester, Portsmouth, and Hampton, New Hampshire. 

            The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nick Abramson.

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

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Updated September 21, 2016