Police arrest sex offender after investigation

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Robert Severance (police courtesy photo)

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Police have arrested a Manchester man allegedly in possession of over 600 images and videos of children on his computer.

On July 21, an investigation began on Robert Severance, 59, a Tier III registered sex offender after Severance failed to update a mandated form providing his e-mail addresses, instant message screen names and other online accounts.

Severance is required to provide this information quarterly and last did so on April 30, 2019.

Manchester Police Department detective Adam Cortese located an Instagram account belonging to Severance in coordination with the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Police executed a warrant related to the investigation on July 24, finding child sex abuse images, some involving children as young as three years of age.

Severance was charged with alleged possession of child abuse images and other unspecified offenses. He appeared in Hillsborough County Superior Court North on July 25 and is currently being held without bail.

Anyone accused of a crime is innocent unless proven guilty by a court of law.

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