A New Hampshire man has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography, the U.S. Attorney's office said.
Twenty-eight-year-old Ryan Rathe of Nottingham will be sentenced in January 2015. He faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, which would then be followed by five years supervised release and a maximum fine of $250,000.
Prosecutors say the investigation into Rathe started in 2010 when Homeland Security received information that a New Hampshire undercover officer intercepted child pornography images made available by a Nottingham computer user. Homeland Security's investigation secured a search warrant on Rathe's home, and computer evidence was seized. When it was examined, prosecutors said investigators found multiple images depicting young children engaging in illicit sex acts.
"Identifying, finding, and prosecuting predators like the defendant has been, and will continue to be, among the highest priorities of my office," U.S. Attorney John Kacavas said in a statement.