For Immediate Release - September 13, 2011

New Hampshire Man Sentenced to Three Years in State Prison After Pleading Guilty to Possessing Child Pornography

WOBURN - A New Hampshire man has been sentenced to serve time in prison after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography on his work computer, Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office announced today.

Jeremiah Pike, age 31, of Seabrook, New Hampshire, pled guilty today in Middlesex Superior Court to charges of Possession of Child Pornography (2 counts). After the plea was entered, Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Fahey sentenced Pike to serve three years in State Prison, followed by 10 years of probation. While on probation, Pike must register as a sex offender with the state's Sex Offender Registry Board. He will also be monitored by a GPS electronic monitoring bracelet. Judge Fahey also ordered that Pike have no contact with any children under the age of 18 and that his Internet use be restricted.

"We will continue our work to make the Internet a safer place for kids while also preventing individuals from exploiting vulnerable victims online."

In June 2009, the AG's Cyber Crime Division began an investigation into Pike's activities after the matter had been referred by Pike's former employer. Investigators conducted a forensic examination on Pike's computer, and discovered the existence of the child pornography files, as well as evidence indicating that Pike had intentionally downloaded the files to his computer.

A Middlesex Grand Jury returned indictments against Pike on December 2, 2009. He was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court on December 15, 2009, where he entered a plea of not guilty and was subsequently released on $25,000 cash bail. Today, Pike pled guilty to all charges and was sentenced.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Christopher Kelly of AG Coakley's Cyber Crime Division, and was investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG's Office and the Attorney General's Computer Forensic Laboratory.