Former Nashua man faces charges for sexting with teen

NASHUA – A former Nashua resident who’s being held by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in now in trouble for allegedly soliciting sexually explicit photos from a teenage girl.

Abdiel Ponce-Cuevas, 28, is charged with six counts of possessing sexually abusing images of a child and one count of prohibited use of a computer after police tracked him down to the Strafford County Jail, where he was being held at the request of ICE, according to court documents. He was arrested by Nashua police on Thursday morning, officers said in a Friday release.

The investigation started in March when the Division for Children, Youth & Families reported the situation to police. The alleged victim told officers that Ponce-Cuevas started a relationship with her through social media and began asking for nude photos, or “body shots,” police said.

Ponce-Cuevas additionally showed one of the photos of the alleged victim to a 14-year-old boy he met through church, police said. The boy then obtained more of the photos from Ponce-Cuevas’ phone, police said.

The alleged victim told police that word started going around her school that the boy had the photos she sent to Ponce-Cuevas.

In late April, police found Ponce-Cuevas living in Nashua, and he reportedly admitted to asking for the nude photos despite knowing the girl’s age. Police filed for an arrest warrant on June 1, by which time Ponce-Cuevas was in ICE custody.

After communicating with ICE agents, Ponce-Cuevas was released to the custody of Nashua police, and he was arraigned Friday in Nashua district court. He is being held at Valley Street jail in Manchester on $100,000 cash bail.