Hinsdale man faces child porn charges
HINSDALE, N.H. -- A local man was taken into custody on a federal arrest warrant Friday in connection with child pornography and possible imminent danger to a child, police said.
Benjamin Maes, 31, faces a federal charge of child pornography and is likely to face additional charges at both the state and federal levels, the Keene Sentinel reported Hinsdale Police Chief Todd Faulkner as saying.
An undercover investigation led multiple police agencies to a child in Hinsdale that might be in imminent danger, according to the Sentinel.
The investigation is a collaborative effort of the Hinsdale Police Department, the N.H. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and N.H. Attorney General’s Office, an agent of the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department and FBI Child Exploitation Task Force, and N.H. and Washington, D.C., FBI.
According to a press release, the N.H. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and N.H. Attorney General’s Office on Friday, Nov. 30, received information that a child could be in imminent danger. This information was passed on to Hinsdale Police, an affiliate of the N.H. ICAC Task Force, as well as members of the N.H. FBI Bureau.
Two children were taken into protective custody and multiple pieces of evidence were seized.
Maes was scheduled to appear in federal court in Concord on Monday, Dec. 3.
-- A local man was cited for unlawful trespassing on Wednesday, Nov. 21.
Brattleboro Police located Donald Reetz, 43, in the lobby of the Brattleboro Transportation Center. Reetz has an active trespass warning for the Transportation Center.
-- Alexander Johnson, 24, was cited for violating court-ordered conditions of release on Monday, Nov. 24.
He was cited to appear in court at a later date to answer to the charge.
-- A Brattleboro man was cited for driving under the influence on Monday, Nov. 26.
At approximately 6 p.m., Vermont State Police came across a Jeep Cherokee with a defective plate on Interstate 91 in Putney. The vehicle was stopped on Route 5 in Dummerston and Matthew M. Shippee, 25, was identified as the operator. Shippee told the troopers he had a suspended license and the troopers smelled an odor of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle.
It was determined that Shippee’s blood-alcohol level was over the legal limit.
-- Alexander Simeon, 19, of Dummerston, was cited for domestic assault and unlawful mischief after police allege he assaulted his 65-year-old grandfather and damaged some property on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
Vermont State Police responded to an East West Road residence on a report of a family fight at approximately 4:47 p.m.
Simeon was transported to the State Police barracks in West Brattleboro for processing.
-- A Newfane man was treated for a broken nose at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital following a single-vehicle crash on Green River Road on Sunday, Nov. 25.
According to police, Gregory K. Root, 36, was traveling east on Green River Road from Brook Road and failed to stay within the lane. The vehicle, a Chevy TrailBlazer, then went over an embankment located off the north side of the roadway. The vehicle overturned onto its roof and sustained total damage.
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