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Ex-Bartlett town official found guilty on porn charge

A federal court jury has convicted a Bartlett selectman of possession of child pornography.

The jury deliberated about three hours before returning its guilty verdict Thursday in the case of 42-year-old Jonathan Tanguay, who was a selectman when he was first indicted on state child pornography charges in 2010.

Carroll County prosecutors dropped those charges after a federal grand jury indicted Tanguay in December 2011.

Concord Detective Mark Dumas, a member of the statewide Internet Crimes Against Children unit, testified during the five-day trial in Concord that he found “a whole bunch of child pornography” on Tanguay’s computer and in external storage devices. Dumas told jurors that Carroll County sheriffs seized Tanguay’s computer equipment while executing a search warrant in February 2010.

U.S. Attorney John Kacavas said Friday that prosecuting those who possess child pornography is a top priority of his office.

“We are going to pursue the possessors with as much tenacity as we do manufacturers and distributors,” Kacavas said. “Possessors create the demand and the market.”

Kacavas said Tanguay faces several years in prison when sentenced Jan. 30. Tanguay’s lawyer did not immediately return a call for comment.

Kacavas called the sexual exploitation of children a “scourge” that is on the rise.

The number of child pornography complaints the New Hampshire unit received in 2011 rose to 178 from 116 the year before. Arrests went from 20 to 30, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report. ICAC units nationwide received 31,630 cybertips in 2011, up from 23,314 in 2010.

Bartlett has a population of about 2,800 and is located between North Conway and Jackson.

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