The charges are felonies, punishable by up to 7 to 15 years in prison.
"He was engaging in file sharing of known child sexual abuse images and videos," MacDonald said.
Neary was held overnight on $25,000 bail, and arraigned Wednesday in Nashua District Court.
child sexual abuse have become known to law enforcement through previous investigations, and can be identified by their digital signatures, MacDonald said. Police said Neary was found to be trading in such images and videos.
The images and videos found on Neary's computers mostly depicted the physical and sexual abuse of pre pubescent children, said Portsmouth Police Capt. Corey MacDonald, who commands the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Sean Neary, 55, of 29 Perry Ave., was arrested Tuesday night, charged with two counts of possession and one count of distribution of child sexual abuse images. Omega Seamaster Turler
Police and ICAC Task Force members searched Neary's residence with a warrant Tuesday evening, and found "hundreds" of images of child pornography on two computers, McCarthy said. The computers will be searched by the ICAC Task Force, McCarthy said.
"It's brutal stuff," MacDonald said. "These are little children being brutally raped."
"This is a big case for us, and we're going to actively investigate his contacts throughout the state with children," MacDonald said.
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Police are still investigating, but have no information to suggest that Neary sexually assaulted any children himself, McCarthy said. There were children living in his home, however.
The ICAC Task Force notified city police Sept. 19 after finding that an internet address in Nashua appeared to be hosting digital images that had been previously identified as depicting the sexual abuse of a child, and offering them "in a file sharing environment," McCarthy said.
The groups work with federal law enforcement, and also conduct their own investigations using tips, undercover stings and other online investigative tools, MacDonald said.
Both McCarthy and MacDonald declined to comment on Omega Constellation Chronometer exactly how the task force identified Neary. Each state has a federally funded ICAC Task Force, and Portsmouth Police host New Hampshire's, MacDonald said.
Neary is the chairman of the city's Mine Falls Park Advisory Committee, a volunteer post he has held since 2008. Among other things, the group organizes volunteer clean ups and trail maintenance within the park. Neary is also affiliated with the Daniel Webster Council of the Boy Scouts, police said, but neither MacDonald nor Nashua Police Detective Lt. George McCarthy had any information on whether Neary is involved with a particular troop, or in what capacity.
Police and an internet crime task force found "hundreds" of child pornography images and video on a city man's computers Tuesday night.
There are hundreds of thousands of Web sites devoted to sharing child pornography, most of them operating by paid subscription and hosted outside the United States, MacDonald said.
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