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Center Ossipee Man Sentenced to 19 Years for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

            CONCORD – Kyle Amaral, 29, of Center Ossipee, was sentenced to 19 years in federal prison for the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney Jane E. Young announced today.

            According to court documents and statements made in court, in February of 2021, through an online undercover operation, federal investigators identified Amaral as an active trader of child exploitation images and a member of an online community devoted to the sexual exploitation of children. Investigators obtained search warrants for his residence and a social media company, which confirmed that Amaral sexually abused a child entrusted to his care and produced videos and images of that abuse, which he actively traded with other individuals over the internet.

            Amaral previously pleaded guilty on February 15, 2022.  After serving his sentence, he will be on supervised release for ten years.

            “Protecting children from harm is a paramount obligation of the law enforcement community,” said U.S. Attorney Young.  “As this case demonstrates, we will aggressively investigate and prosecute child exploitation crimes. When a child predator is convicted, my office will seek substantial prison sentences as children are among the most vulnerable members of our communities.  I am grateful for the hard work of our law enforcement partners who assisted us in holding this defendant accountable for his utterly reprehensible criminal conduct.”

           “Today’s sentence reflects the gravity of the crimes Amaral committed. The abuse and exploitation of children leaves deep scars on the victims and on our community and with this sentence, we remove one more perpetrator from the streets,” said Matthew Millhollin, Special Agent in Charge for the Homeland Security Investigations’ New England Field Office. “HSI is proud to work with the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task to detect crimes against children and hold the perpetrators to account.”

            “The New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is happy with the outcome of this investigation,” said Lieutenant Eric Kinsman, Commander of the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  “We are proud to work with our local and Federal law enforcement partners and will continue to aggressively investigate these crimes and protect the children of New Hampshire.”

            This matter was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cam T. Le.

             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 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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