Pictured below is Adam Koch, 26, of Pelham, N.H. You can view his profile on the New Hampshire Sex Offender Registry here.
Mr. Koch’s interaction with law enforcement began in September of 2006, when he was arrested by the Southern Hillsboro County CyberSafe Task Force. Police said Koch showed up at a meeting that he believed would be between himself and a minor. The meeting was between Koch and a detective.
Koch, who at the time worked as a clerk at Cumberland Farms, on Lowell Road, in Hudson, was also charged with obscenity since police said he sent videos of himself engaged in sex acts over the Internet.
Less than six months later, in February of 2007, Koch was in even more trouble.
This time the same task force busted him again. This time Koch was accused of aggravated felonious sexual assault and felonious sexual assault, because police said he used his computer to establish a sexual relationship with a girl who was under 16-years-old.
According to the sex offender profile I linked to above, Koch was convicted in May of 2008, of two counts of sexual assault and one count of attempted sexual assault.
It’s not clear how much time he was sentenced to. I’m told I’d have to go to Superior Court to find that out from the docket.
What is clear, is that by March 4, 2010, Koch was back on the streets of Pelham.
That night is when Detective James Johnson arrested Koch for duty to report (sex offender). Police said Koch had not fulfilled his reporting requirements as a sex offender.
On Feb. 23, 2011, Koch was convicted of two counts of duty to report (sex offender) according to his sex offender profile.
Pelham Police tell me Koch served time for those convictions, but they couldn’t say how much.
On March 15, Koch was again arrested for duty to report (sex offender). Pelham Police say they discovered Koch had several online accounts that he had not reported to police as he was required to do.
Koch was held on bail.
Late last week, while still being held, he was charged with a new count of felonious sexual assault.
Police say that while investigating the online accounts that Koch hadn’t reported, they discovered Koch used those accounts to establish a sexual relationship with a young Massachusetts girl. To protect that girl’s identity, police will say only that she is between 13 and 16 years old.
“While investigating the online communications detectives learned that on numerous occasions, over a two-year period, Koch would pick up the female in Massachusetts and bring her back to Pelham and the two would have a sexual relationship,” Pelham Police said in a statement.
You read that right. Police said the relationship had been going on for over two years.
“He obviously hasn’t been rehabilitated,” Lt. Gary Fisher said of Koch.
“Disgraceful,” is how victim-advocate Laurie Myers put it when I called her about this case tonight.
I can’t fault Pelham Police here. They have clearly been watching this guy. They have clearly been trying to protect people from him.
“I don’t know if the courts are just not taking these predatory online cases seriously, but the fact is these are kids he’s preying on and it needs to be taken seriously,” Myers told me when I called her tonight. “How many victims do they need before they realize this guy is a problem.”
Koch is due back in court on Monday for a probable-cause hearing.