Police log: Man pleads guilty to possession of child sex abuse images


CONCORD, N.H. >> Dwight Smith, 44, of Hinsdale, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to possessing child pornography, announced United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice.

A joint investigation by the New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations Manchester, and the Hinsdale, New Hampshire Police Department resulted in the seizure of a computer and an external hard drive from Smith's Hinsdale residence. A search of those devices revealed dozens of videos and several hundred still images of child pornography.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 16, 2017. The defendant faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison, at least five years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.

The case was investigated by the New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Task Force in conjunction Homeland Security Investigations Manchester, and the police departments of Hinsdale, Manchester, Portsmouth, and Hampton.

The case is being 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 by the United States Attorneys Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Sept. 14

• The Brattleboro Police Department is currently investigating a burglary that occurred at approximately 4 a.m. at the Harmony Underground in downtown Brattleboro. An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen from the establishment. Anyone who might recognize the suspect from the surveillance photo, or has any information about the incident, is asked to contact Officer Adam Petlock at 802-257-7950.

Sept. 18

• At 7:35 p.m., the Vermont State Police responded to Patch Road in Westminster for the report of a single vehicle accident. Troopers determined Derrick Robinson, 20, of Westminster was traveling south when he drove off the roadway and hit a tree. His vehicle rolled onto its passenger side, but Robinson was not injured in the accident. He was ticketed with driving too fast for conditions.

Sept. 22

• At 2 a.m., the Vermont State Police, the Readsboro Fire Department and the North Adams, Mass., Rescue Squad responded to a single vehicle crash on Tunnel Street in the town of Whitingham. Troopers located a single vehicle off the side of Tunnel Street that had struck a tree. The operator had left the scene on foot and was not present. A single passenger was entrapped in the vehicle and was extricated by the Readsboro Fire Department. The passenger, whose identity is being withheld pending notification of family members, suffered multiple serious injuries and was air lifted by medical helicopter from the scene. The passenger is still currently being treated at the Albany, N.Y., Medical Center and is listed in critical condition. The operator was located a short time later, approximately four miles away, and was taken into custody. Patrick Belliveau, 24, of Gardner, Mass., was screened for alcohol and drug impairment and his blood alcohol level was determined to be .089 percent. He was cited with gross negligent operation and leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injury resulting. Belliveau may also be charged with driving under the influence pending the results of evidentiary tests.

• At 4 a.m., the Vermont State Police responded to a reported assault on Lawrence Drive in Townshend. As a result, Michael Butler, 42, of Townshend, was arrested and cited with domestic assault and violating the conditions of his release.

• At 6 a.m., the Brattleboro Police Department responded to Marlboro Road just east of Cooke Road for a two-vehicle crash. Investigation revealed that John Crosby, 48, of Brattleboro),was operating a Chevrolet Trailblazer traveling west on Marlboro Road when he struck a garbage truck operated by Aaron Hildreth, 47, of Brattleboro, that was backing into a parking lot. Both operators were transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. Crosby was treated for serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Hildreth was treated for non-life threatening injuries as well. Both lanes of travel on Marlboro Road were closed for a brief period of time following the crash. The westbound lane was then closed, and alternating one way traffic continued while the roadway was cleared. The crash remains under investigation at this time.

• At 1:20 p.m., the Vermont State Police responded to the intersection of Vermont Route 100 and South Access Road in Dover for the report of a two vehicle collision. Troopers determined Nichole D. LeClair, 34, of Bennington, turned into the path of a Dover Police Department vehicle being driven by Officer Michael E. Arbogast, 39, of Wardsboro. He was taken to the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center to be checked for minor injuries.

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