Brattleboro Man Found Guilty of Possessing Child Porn

CONCORD, N.H. –  Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today that Jeremiah Pless, 33, of Brattleboro, Vermont, was convicted by a jury after a two-day trial of possessing child pornography.  A sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 25, 2017.

The jury was presented with evidence that, in February 2015, the Hinsdale Police Department obtained a search warrant to search a residence at 31 Gateway Drive in Hinsdale, New Hampshire, based on probable cause that the residence was connected to the downloading of child pornography.  Chief Todd Faulkner and Commander Tom Grella assembled a team of specially trained officers from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force to assist in the search.  While at the residence on February 18, 2015, the search team found evidence that Pless possessed child pornography that he had downloaded using the Shareaza file sharing program.  A review of the hard drive taken from Pless’ computer later confirmed that the images of child pornography included images of known minor children.

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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

The investigation was led by the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Hinsdale Police Department.  The ICAC Task Force provided invaluable assistance from the Portsmouth Police Department, the Manchester Police Department, the Nashua Police Department, the Hampton Police Department, the New Hampshire State Police and the Vermont Attorney General’s Office.

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