CONCORD, N.H. – A Seabrook man was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison Tuesday after pleading guilty last June to two counts of producing child pornography. 

Richard Silvestri, 49, was charged with producing child pornography on Dec. 13, 2017, after Federal Bureau of Investigation agents obtained a criminal complaint for his arrest.

According to court documents and statements, Silvestri produced visual depictions of an 8-year-old girl engaging in sexually explicit activity. Silvestri used a Samsung cellphone to produce the images and he shared those images with others. An undercover FBI agent based in Alaska discovered Silvestri’s activities and sent an investigative lead to the Bedford, N.H., FBI office.

“Protecting children from harm is one of the highest duties of law enforcement,” said U.S. Attorney Scott W. Murray. “Those who abuse children by producing child pornography cause grave harm to their victims and to our community. We will always be aggressive in our efforts to identify and prosecute those who rob children of their innocence by producing child pornography.”

The FBI and the Seabrook Police Department participated in the investigation, along with staff from the Rockingham County Child Advocacy Center. Assistant United States Attorneys Donald A. Feith and Helen White Fitzgibbon prosecuted the case.

"Mr. Silvestri repeatedly abused an innocent child, and with this sentence, he's finally being held accountable for his detestable actions. The FBI will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to do everything we can to protect our children from individuals who prey on our most vulnerable,” FBI Special Agent Harold H. Shaw said. 

In February 2006, the Department of Justice introduced Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.