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Former Merrimack man sentenced to prison for possessing child pornography

NASHUA – Less than a year after his wife discovered images of nude children in a storage locker, a former Merrimack man was sentenced to up to seven years in prison earlier this week.

Jeffrey Arrich, 43,
of 1457 Roaring Camp Road, Murphys, Calif., pleaded guilty to five counts of possession of child sexual abuse images in Hillsborough County Superior Court on Wednesday and was sentenced to 21⁄2 to seven years in prison. Arrich also will have to register as a sexual offender against children and not live with anyone younger than 16 without another adult, according to court documents. ...

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NASHUA – Less than a year after his wife discovered images of nude children in a storage locker, a former Merrimack man was sentenced to up to seven years in prison earlier this week.

Jeffrey Arrich, 43,
of 1457 Roaring Camp Road, Murphys, Calif., pleaded guilty to five counts of possession of child sexual abuse images in Hillsborough County Superior Court on Wednesday and was sentenced to 21⁄2 to seven years in prison. Arrich also will have to register as a sexual offender against children and not live with anyone younger than 16 without another adult, according to court documents.

Merrimack police began investigating Arrich on Oct. 21 after his wife contacted them and said she had found suspicious materials. Arrich’s wife said the couple had moved to Merrimack in April 2013 and put a number of items in a storage unit in Milford. She tried to salvage some of the items after the locker flooded, and found 70 computer printout pictures of what appeared to be girls younger than 18, according to court records.

She told police she then checked two computer hard drives at the couple’s home and found another 200-300 images, some of which appeared to be girls ages 10-12 posing nude, according to court documents.

Police arrested Arrich when he landed at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport on Oct. 23 and charged him with five counts of possession of child pornography. During an interview with police, Arrich said he was the only person who knew the code to the briefcase that contained the printed images, according to court records.

In addition to registering as a sexual offender, Arrich’s sentence bars him from having any unsupervised contact with anyone younger than 16 after he is released from prison. He also may have his use of computers curtailed at the discretion of a parole officer, including having to provide access to any Internet accounts he owns, particularly those on social media sites, according to court records.

Arrich will have to complete a sex offender evaluation while in prison and complete any sex offender treatment programs prison officials recommend. He will also have to provide a DNA sample for the state’s DNA database, according to court documents.

Joseph G. Cote can be reached at 594-6415 or jcote@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Cote on Twitter (@Telegraph_JoeC).