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Case Number: 1:20-cr-00127-LM
Judge: Landya B. McCafferty
Court: United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire (Merrimack County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Concord, NH: Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with transportation and possession of child sexual abuse material.
Timothy P. Diggins, 60, of Goffstown, was indicted for transportation and possession of child sexual abuse material.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Microsoft OneDrive is an online cloud-based storage service used to store and share digital files, images and/or video. On or about January 1, 2019, Microsoft’s automated system detected potential child exploitation material on an account associated with an IP address located at Diggins’ Goffstown home. The matter was referred to law enforcement for investigation.
On September 18, 2019, investigators conducted a consensual interview with Diggins at his home. Diggins confirmed he lived alone and admitted to using the internet to view child sexual abuse material. Investigators subsequently obtained a search warrant for Diggins’ residence and seized cellular phones, computer equipment and various electronic media for forensic examination. The examination revealed that Diggins downloaded child sexual abuse material from the internet and saved his collection of over 1,000 of the images on his computer equipment and electronic media.
“Protecting children from abuse is one of the highest priorities of law enforcement,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley. “Criminals who possess or transport child pornography are furthering the abuse of the innocent victims who appear in these images. As part of our effort to protect children, we work closely with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute those who commit offenses involving images of child sexual abuse.”
"The New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is proud to work with our local and Federal partners in law enforcement in an effort to protect the children of New Hampshire.” said Eric Kinsman, Commander, NH ICAC. “We encourage parents to talk to their children about internet safety and to visit https://www.missingkids.org/ for resources and helpful information."
This matter was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Goffstown Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cam Le.
18 U.S.C. §§ 2252A(a)(1) & (b)(1) Transportation of Child Pornography
18 U.S.C. §§ 2252A(a)(5)(B) & (b)(2) Possession of Child Pornography
Outcome: Imprisonment: 78 months concurrent on courts 1 and 2; Self surrender by 2 p.m. on 12/1/2021; Supervised Release concurrent on both counts: 5 years with mandatory, standard and special conditions; Total Monetary penalties on both counts: $14,400 total (special assessment: $200; restitution: $9000; AVAA assessment: $200; JVTA assessment: $5000).