A Milton man was charged with possessing pornographic images of children on Thursday after detectives with the Portsmouth-based New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children task force and several law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant.
John Allen Wright, 45, of 52A Charles St. in Milton was charged with five counts of possession of child sexual abuse images, a Class A felony that carries a State Prison sentence of 7 1/2- to 15 years, if convicted.
According to WMUR-TV, Wright worked as a school bus driver in the Seacoast, but the news station did not say in which communities he worked.
The news station reported that Wright worked for Provider Enterprises, a private school bus company, and company officials confirmed that Wright has driven for the company since 2008. They also told WMUR-TV that Wright listed four years of experience driving a school bus for the Milton school system and the he passed a criminal background check and passed yearly and random drug and alcohol tests.
According to Portsmouth Police Detective Sgt. Thomas Grella, task force detectives and detectives with the New London, Rochester, Portsmouth, Pembroke and Salem Police Departments with the assistance of the state Attorney General's office and the Milton Police Department executed a search warrant at Wright's residence.
"This search was made in conjunction with an ongoing operation by undercover police officers serving in an online capacity who were investigating the illegal use of computers and alleged possession and distribution of sexual abuse images of prepubescent children from within this apartment unit," reads a press release issued by the task force.
Grella said the investigation is on-going and could result in additional charges. Wright is currently being held at the Strafford County House of Corrections in Dover and he is scheduled for a video arraignment on Friday.
As this remains an active investigation, anyone who may have additional information into this crime is asked to contact Detective Kenneth Tapscott at the Rochester Police Department at 603-330-7174. Those wishing to remain anonymous can leave their information with the Rochester Crimeline Inc. at 603-335-6500.