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District of New Hampshire

Friday, July 15, 2016

Troy Man Sentenced For Possessing Child Pornography


            CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE - John P. Howe, Jr., 34, of Troy, New Hampshire, was sentenced on Friday in the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire for possessing child pornography, announced United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice.  The Court imposed a sentence of 78 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release. 

            In 2014, the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained information indicating that websites devoted to the exploitation of children had been accessed by a computer at the defendant’s Troy, New Hampshire residence.  When a federal search warrant for that residence was executed in September 2014, authorities located a collection of videos and still images of child pornography on one of the defendant’s personal electronic devices, including a number of images depicting sadistic and masochistic acts. 

            The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in conjunction with Homeland Security Investigations, the New Hampshire State Police, the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (NH ICAC), and the Troy, New Hampshire Police Department. 

            This case was 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.

Project Safe Childhood
Updated July 15, 2016