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Child porn suspect indicted

A Peterborough man who was arrested in October on child pornography charges was indicted this month in Hillsborough County Superior Court. Matthew A. Cummings, 35, of Peterborough is being charged with five counts of possession of child sexual abuse images and one count of witness tampering.

Cummings was arrested on Oct. 24, 2013, following a police investigation that began in June when an acquaintance of Cummings reported seeing numerous pictures of naked children on Cummings’ cell phone. The indictments cite five instances where Cummings had images of a 17-year-old girl engaging in sexually explicit contact. The witness tampering indictment states that on about Oct. 16, 2013, Cummings, who knew he was under investigation, told a 17-year-old girl to tell police he thought the girl was 18 years old.

Cummings is being held in the Hillsborough County House of Correction in Manchester.

An indictment is not an indication of guilt or innocence. It means enough evidence was presented to convince a grand jury that a trial should be held.

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