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Police: Man kills self after cat sitters find porn cache

3-30-2010 New Hampshire:

LITTLETON – BREAKING NEWS: State police report Richard Swift, 71, is dead in an apparent suicide. More to follow.


A mother and daughter taking care of a neighbor's pet ended up finding disturbing images in a man's apartment instead of the cat toy they were looking for, according to court reports.

After an investigation by Littleton police, Richard Swift, 71, of 507 Colonial Court was charged with five felony counts of possession of child pornography. He is free on $10,000 personal recognizance and will be back in court tomorrow for a probable cause hearing.

The five complaints on file at Littleton District Court graphically describe images of a girl who appears to be younger than 16.

According to court documents, the woman and her 5-year-old daughter went to Swift's apartment while he was out of town last November to feed his cat.

"She inadvertently came across some picture when her daughter opened a bin looking for a cat toy," according to court papers.

After getting a search warrant, police returned to Swift's apartment, where they searched a stack of plastic bins and found a stack of photographs.

Conditions of Swift's bail include not having contact with children younger than 17 and not going within 50 yards of any school or day care center, or using the Internet to view, download or transmit child pornography. ..Source.. by LORNA COLQUHOUN


NH Man Facing Porn Charges Commits Suicide

4-6-2010 New Hampshire:

LITTLETON, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire man facing child pornography charges after images were discovered in his home apparently has committed suicide.

State Police have identified a man found on Route 3 in Franconia Monday with self-inflicted gunshot wounds as Richard Swift, 71, of Littleton.

He was charged with five counts of possessing nude images of young girls, and was due in court Thursday.

The charges stem from a November incident in which the 5-year-old daughter of his cat-sitter discovered the pictures while searching for a cat toy in an open bin.

State police confirmed Swift's identity and said he was pronounced dead after being rushed to Littleton Regional Hospital soon after he was discovered at about 4 p.m.

Police released no further details, including whether Swift was in a vehicle. ..Source.. by

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