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Concord man, 47, charged with 15 counts of child porn

 A 47-year-old Concord sex offender has been charged with 15 new felony counts of child pornography after the police said they found lewd photos of boys inside his Hanover Street residence. Christopher Merchant was arrested Tuesday and arraigned yester

A 47-year-old Concord sex offender has been charged with 15 new felony counts of child pornography after the police said they found lewd photos of boys inside his Hanover Street residence. Christopher Merchant was arrested Tuesday and arraigned yester

A 47-year-old Concord sex offender has been charged with 15 new felony counts of child pornography after the police said they found lewd photos of boys inside his Hanover Street residence.

Christopher Merchant was arrested Tuesday and arraigned Wednesday in Concord’s district court. The police said they began investigating Merchant in January of last year after he allegedly contacted a child through social media and solicited nude photos. Merchant also offered to have sex with the child, the police said in a statement.

Detectives later learned that Merchant was possibly posing as an 18-year-old man and using the screen name, “Justin Kray.” During a search of his residence in September, authorities recovered several images of male youths “in various sexual poses,” the police said.

Anyone with information regarding the case can contact the police at 225-8600 or the Concord Regional Crimeline at 226-3100.

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