CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE–John Martin Favor, 49, of Plainfield, NH, was sentenced today, Monday, to 66 months in prison by the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, announced United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice.
In May 2015, authorities determined that an individual was uploading images of child pornography to an online bulletin board from the defendant’s Plainfield residence. When a federal search warrant for that residence was subsequently executed, a large collection of child pornography – more than 500 videos and 300 still images – was located on the defendant’s personal electronic devices, and the defendant confessed to law enforcement that he had been viewing child pornography for close to 15 years. Favor was an English and African Studies Professor at Dartmouth.
“Protecting children from sexual exploitation is a top priority of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire,” said U.S. Attorney Emily Gray Rice, “and prosecuting those who possess child pornography is crucial to destabilizing this black market and undermining the normalization of child sexual abuse.”
The investigation was a collaborative effort between federal, state, and local authorities, which included Homeland Security Investigations Manchester, the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Police Departments of Hinsdale, Hampton, Plainfield, Rochester, and Portsmouth, NH, as well as the New Hampshire State Police.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nick Abramson.
In February 2006, the Department of Justice introduced Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led, in each district, by the United States Attorney’s Office, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, and to identify and rescue victims.
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