The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Joshua Pincoske, 47, of Concord, New Hampshire was indicted yesterday by the federal grand jury in Concord, New Hampshire. Pincoske is currently detained and pending trial in Merrimack Superior Court on related charges. Pincoske’s federal arraignment has not yet been scheduled.
According to court records, Pincoske has been charged with production of child sexual abuse materials of a minor female victim on multiple dates between March 11, 2019 and March 12, 2021. Pincoske has also been charged with using a means of interstate commerce to entice a different minor female victim in or about November 2021 and producing child sexual abuse materials of the second minor female victim on November 12, 2021. In addition, Pincoske faces charges related to the distribution, transportation, and possession of child sexual abuse materials.
The United States Attorney’s Office emphasizes that an indictment contains allegations only and that Pincoske is presumed innocent until and unless convicted of a crime. Pincoske faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years imprisonment, and up to 30 years of imprisonment, for the production of child sexual abuse images; a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, and up to life imprisonment, for the interstate enticement of a minor; a mandatory minimum of 5 years imprisonment and up to 20 years for the distribution and transportation of child sexual abuse images; and up to 10 years of imprisonment for the possession of child sexual abuse images. The actual sentence, however, would be determined by the Court with guidance from the advisory Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
United States Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest commended the investigatory efforts of the Concord Police Department and the Farmington Police Department. He also thanked the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Merrimack County Child Advocacy Center, and the United States Secret Service for their vital assistance.
The United States Attorney for the District of Vermont has been appointed to handle this prosecution under the authorities conferred in 28 U.S.C. § 515. The prosecutor assigned to the matter is Jonathan A. Ophardt, an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Vermont. Pincoske is represented by Assistant Federal Public Defender Behzad Mirhashem.