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James Houghton found guilty of possessing child porn

James Houghton was found guilty yesterday of 23 felony counts of possessing child pornography, nearly two years after police officers unearthed a trove of lewd images and videos on his laptop while investigating him in a separate rape case.

The jury returned the verdicts shortly before noon yesterday, after having deliberated for about two hours. Argument in Houghton’s trial last week ended Friday, but jurors were apparently unable to reach an immediate consensus.

Houghton, 49, has also been accused of raping a nonblood-related family member at his Henniker home and of molesting a now 10-year-old Concord girl, as well as witness tampering.

Melinda Siranian, one of Houghton’s attorneys, declined to comment yesterday on whether her side plans to appeal the decision, or whether it might affect Houghton’s other expected trials. Assistant County Attorney George Waldron said, “As of now there is no impact on future trials.”

Waldron said sentencing will occur when Houghton’s other cases are resolved.

JEREMY BLACKMAN

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