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Former teacher pleads guilty to human trafficking, sex abuse image charges

Joshua Harwood, 38, of Manchester, taught business at Concord High School, where he was hired in July 2020.


CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former New Hampshire high school teacher accused of soliciting sexually explicit videos from a student for money and making and possessing child pornography has pleaded guilty to human trafficking and manufacturing child sex abuse images.

Joshua Harwood, 38, of Manchester, entered his pleas to the two felony counts on Wednesday, the Concord Monitor reported.

Harwood taught business at Concord High School, where he was hired in July 2020. Police were notified of the allegations involving a minor in December and Harwood was placed on administrative leave. He was later arrested and has been in jail since February.

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A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 19.

On the trafficking charge, lawyers are recommending a sentence of 3 1/2 to 7 years in jail, which may be suspended if Harwood completes a sex offender program. They’re recommending a consecutive sentence of 7 1/2 to 15 years, a portion of which may be suspended, for the manufacturing charge.

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