The United States Attorney’s Office 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 awaiting trial in Merrimack Superior Court on related charges. Pincoske’s federal indictment has not yet been scheduled.
According to court records, Pincoske was charged with producing child sexual abuse material of an underage victim on multiple dates between March 11, 2019 and March 12, 2021. Pincoske was also charged with using a means of interstate commerce to attract another underage female victim on or about November 2021 and production of child sexual exploitation material from the second underage female victim on November 12, 2021. In addition, Pincoske faces charges related to the distribution, transport and possession of child sexual exploitation material.
The United States Attorney’s Office points out that an indictment contains only allegations and that Pincoske is presumed innocent until convicted of a crime. Pincoske faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, and up to 30 years in prison, for producing child sexual abuse images; a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, and up to life imprisonment, for the interstate incitement of a minor; a mandatory minimum of 5 years imprisonment and up to 20 years for distributing and transporting child sexual abuse images; and up to 10 years in prison for possession of child sexual abuse images. The actual sentence, however, would be determined by the court based on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
U.S. Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest praised the investigative 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 lifesaving assistance.
The United States Attorney for the District of Vermont has been appointed to handle this prosecution pursuant to the powers conferred by 28 USC § 515. The attorney assigned to the case is Jonathan A. Ophardt, an Assistant States Attorney States in the District of Vermont. Pincoske is represented by Deputy Federal Public Defender Behzad Mirhashem.