Columbia man arrested for possession of child pornography

CONCORD — David Morris, 57, of Columbia, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to possessing child pornography, announced Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley.

According to court documents and statements in court, law enforcement officers executed search warrants at two residences associated with the defendant on July 20, 2016. A review of various electronic devices found in the residences showed that they contained hundreds of images and videos of child pornography.

Sentencing is scheduled for Feb.1, 2018.

The case was investigated by the N.H. Crimes Against Children Task Force in conjunction with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Manchester, as well as the Lincoln, Littleton and Columbia police departments. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Seth Aframe and Georgiana Konesky.

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 Attorney’s 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 to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, go to projectsafechildhood.gov.