In April 2018, the Lebanon Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit received a Cybertip regarding an upload of child pornography, and immediately began to investigate.
As the investigation progressed, the Cyber Crimes Unit served a search warrant at a residence in Lebanon, NH relating to this Cybertip, and ultimately arrested Joshua LaClair, age 32 of Lebanon, NH.
On September 11, 2018, LaClair pled guilty to 39 counts of possession of Child Sexual Abuse images and 1 count of Distribution of Child Sexual Abuse images in the Grafton County Superior Court. LaClair was sentenced to 4-10 years in the New Hampshire State Prison.
The Lebanon Police Department is a member of New Hampshire’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) and serves an active role in protecting New Hampshire’s children. The Lebanon Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit continues to pursue those who are using the internet to sexually exploit children.
Authorized by: Chief Richard R. Mello