, Derry, New Hampshire

April 10, 2008

Police: Londonderry man attempted to meet 13-year-old for sex

By Eric Parry

NASHUA — A 21-year-old Londonderry man was arrested earlier this week on charges of using his computer to meet a Nashua teenage girl for sex.

Andrew Farrington, of 195 High Range Road, was arrested on a warrant on Monday afternoon charging him with the class B felony of prohibited use of computer services.

Farrington used his personal computer to communicate with a 13-year-old Nashua female over the internet sites MySpace and Facebook.

The two communicated, also using text messages by cellular phone, for several months and when the conversations became sexual, the girl alerted a 17-year-old male friend. He continued the conversations posing as the girl, according to Det. Lt Jeff Bukunt.

Posing as the girl, the 17-year-old boy set up a meeting with Farrington on New Year's Eve at a Nashua address where the two were supposed to have sex.

The boy lived on the street and when Farrington arrived at the address, he called police with the license plate number and told them of his conversations with Farrington, according to Bukunt.

Bukunt said Nashua Police later interviewed Farrington and then issued a warrant for his arrest.

While police are happy to have caught Farrington, Bukunt said they would have preferred in the teens had alerted them to Farrington's actions without setting up a meeting for sex.

"He doesn't know if he's dealing with an individual with a propensity of violence," Bukunt said.

If convicted, Farrington could serve three and a half to seven years in prison and be required to register as a sex offender.

He was arrested on Monday afternoon but was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail. He is scheduled for arraignment in Nashua District Court on May 6.