Swanzey Man Sentenced for Child Porn Possession

Dale Edson, 30, of Swanzey, New Hampshire, was sentenced to serve 42 months in federal prison for possessing child pornography, announced Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley.

According to court documents and statements in court, law enforcement received information in July 2015 that potential child pornography images had been uploaded to a cloud storage service from a phone number associated with Edson.  After establishing that the phone number was used by Edson, law enforcement obtained a search warrant for Edson’s residence.  On September 9, 2015, the police executed the warrant and, based on a preliminary forensic review conducted at the residence, seized three computers and other devices.  A forensic examination of two laptop computers established that images of child pornography were found on each computer.  An examination of a tablet used by Edson established that images of child pornography were found on the tablet.

Edson pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography in March.  After he is released from prison, Edson will be on supervised release for five years.

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 http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

The case was investigated by the Hinsdale Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, with assistance from the Swanzey Police Department, the Bedford Police Department, the Nashua Police Department, the Portsmouth Police Department, the Rochester Police Department, and the Interstate Crimes Against Children Task Force.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Feith.

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