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Derry man pleads guilty to making and possessing child porn

By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader

November 13. 2017 4:21PM

PETER MORENCY 

CONCORD — A Derry man pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to producing child pornography.

Peter Morency, 34, of Derry, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Concord to three counts of producing child pornography, according to acting U.S. Atty. John J. Farley.

The investigation leading to Morency’s arrest in January of this year began in June 2015, that’s when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip from AOL, according to an affidavit by Derry police Detective Scott Tompkins.

The tip revealed someone, later identified as Morency, uploaded 16 files believed to be child pornography. Fourteen were later confirmed to be pornographic images of boys, according to Tompkins.

Two days later, another cyber tip was received regarding another email address linked to Morency, Tompkins said. That tip said 14 images of child pornography involving boys had been downloaded.

An investigation by a U.S. Homeland Security agent traced some of the child pornography to the home of a Manchester woman, later identified as Morency’s sister, Tompkins said in his affidavit.

When the sister, now living in Delaware, was contacted by agents in November 2015 and asked about one of the email addresses, she said she believed it was Morency’s email account. The sister told officials Morency was living with relatives at 6R Hardy Court in Derry.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Morency filmed and photographed himself performing sexual acts on two children. The children, who were known to Morency, appeared to be sleeping at the time. A forensic examination of devices possessed by Morency uncovered more than 5,000 still images and more than 2,000 videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children, of which approximately 30 still images and 37 videos Morency has admitted to producing.

Morency will be sentenced Feb. 22, 2018 and faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison if convicted and a maximum of 30 years in prison on each count.

“The United States Attorney’s Office is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to protect the children of the Granite State,” said Farley in a statement. “Those who exploit children cause untold amounts of harm to their victims and our entire community. We will continue to be aggressive in our efforts to identify and prosecute those who produce child pornography to ensure that they cannot exploit additional children or cause further harm.”

“The sexual exploitation of children is a heinous crime that causes irreparable harm to its young victims,” said Michael Shea, acting special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, Mass. “To rescue these innocent victims, HSI works closely with our law enforcement partners to protect our communities from child predators.”


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