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Man sentenced to 7.5 to 15 years

Multi-state child porn case is resolved

A Peterborough man was sentenced in June to seven-and-a-half up to 15 years in the Hew Hampshire State Prison for possessing child pornography and witness tampering. Another seven-and-a-half to 15 years have been suspended, pending good behavior upon his release.

Matthew Cummings, 35, was convicted of five counts of possessing child pornography images and witness tampering, according to a press release issued by the Peterborough Police Department. Cummings was sentenced in Hillsborough County Superior Court.

Cummings had images of a 17-year old girl engaging in sexually explicit contact, according to court documents.

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.

Upon Cummings’ release from prison, he will be subjected to seven-and-a-half to 15 more years of suspended jail time, to ensure good behavior. He will also to have to register as a sex offender, and meet additional court-ordered conditions for 10 years.

When asked about the importance of closing this case, Peterborough Police Chief Scott Guinard said on Monday, “These types of cases are somewhat routine for law enforcement everywhere. It’s nice to bring a case such as this to resolution for our work. Certainly for the offices on this case. It was very labor-intensive.”

Cummings was arrested on Oct. 24, 2013, following a police investigation that began in June 2013, when an acquaintance of Cummings reported seeing numerous pictures of naked children on Cummings’ cell phone.

In June, Peterborough police seized six of Cummings’ cell phones and computers through a search warrant. Police were able to identify juvenile female victims from Illinois, Alabama and Ohio in pictures found on these devices.

The investigation then turned into a collaboration between law enforcement in Peterborough and Antrim, Illinois, Ohio, and New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Peterborough police, including Sgt. Richard Nelson, Sgt. Michael Chapdelaine and another officer, logged over 250 hours on this case.

Although Cummings was convicted in June, Chief Guinard said he chose not to announce his conviction until his Police Department received all of Cummings’ sentencing paperwork.

Benji Rosen can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228, or brosen@ledgertranscript.com.

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