A Dover man could spend the rest of his life in prison after allegedly getting caught distributing and possessing images of nude boys and men together.

Richard Nutter, 72, whose last known address was on Essex Street, is charged with seven counts of possession of child sexual abuse images and one count of distribution of child sexual abuse images.

Assistant County Attorney Hannah Carlson said on Thursday that the child pornography was flagged by an email server, which is how they became aware of the graphic images.

Carlson said even though court paperwork shows that the photos appear to be similar to those John Linville was allegedly distributing last year, Nutter and Linville are not codefendants.

Carlson said the case is ongoing, but there are no indications at this point that there is a child pornography ring on the Seacoast.

Carlson said many of the photos are unidentifiable.

"So we don't really know who they are," Carlson said.

Carlson is prosecuting the cases against Nutter and Linville for the state.

Nutter is accused of possessing the pornography on March 25, March 27, April 8 and July 13 of 2020. He is accused of distributing a child sexual abuse images on April 8 of last year.

Each of the Class A felonies for possession of child sexual abuse images carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. The distribution change has a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Contact Managing News Editor Kimberley Haas at Kimberley.Haas@townsquaremedia.com. 

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