Derry child porn seizure leads to long prison sentence 

David Curry 

BRENTWOOD — When police searched David Curry's home in Derry last year, the amount of child pornography they found on his computers and digital devices was mind-boggling.

Police, acting on a cyber tip, found hundreds of explicit photographs and images — enough to put the 58-year-old Elm Street resident behind bars for decades.

Curry, dressed in a bright orange jail jumpsuit, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Rockingham Superior Court to 13 counts of possession of child sexual abuse images, or CSAI.

He admitted his guilt as part of a plea agreement to avoid possibly receiving a harsher sentence.

Curry will now spend the next 8 1/2 to 25 years in state prison, according to Rockingham County Attorney Patricia Conway.  

Conway said Curry received "an appropriately harsh sentence" for the crimes he committed. She called the possession of child pornography "disturbing" and "serious."

The numerous pornographic photos and videos found by Derry police Detective Scott Tompkins included graphic images of a girl who was sexually assaulted by her father when she was 4 years old, Conway said.  

Assistant County Attorney Katharine Phinney told the court about the repercussions suffered by young sexual abuse victims such as the 4-year-old girl, Conway said.

Phinney, aided by Assistant County Attorney Sarah Warecki, also said society needs deterrence because "predators such as Curry provide the motivation to this multibillion-dollar industry," Conway said.

"The possession of child sexual abuse images is both disturbing and serious because every time a perpetrator looks at one of these images, a victim of child sexual abuse is re-victimized," Conway said.

"That is why," she added, "the County Attorney's Office treats possession of CSAI crimes seriously and demands swift and harsh punishment."  

The county attorney thanked Derry police and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for their work investigating the case. 

She said authorities received a report that a website, Omegle, flagged pornographic files from Curry's online user account. 

Judge Marguerite Wageling also gave Curry an eight- to 16-year suspended prison sentence as recommended by the prosecution.   

Public defender Anthony Naro, who said Curry was remorseful and had been sexually abused as a child, recommended his client serve three to 15 years in prison, Conway said.

Naro also asked that Curry receive a two- to five-year suspended sentence. He could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Police searched Curry's home on March 9, 2015, and seized several computers and other digital devices after the task force received a tip, according to Derry police Capt. Vern Thomas.

Curry was arrested nearly three weeks later on two possession counts after the items were examined. He was ordered held on $15,000 cash bail.

Each Class A felony count carried a potential prison sentence of seven and a half to 15 years. A Superior Court grand jury later indicted Curry on 13 felony possession charges.

Thomas said Thursday that the popularity of the Internet and social media has led to a disturbing increase in child pornography cases everywhere.

"Unfortunately, it's become frequent, but it's not just happening in Derry," he said. 

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