Lebanon teen charged in child pornography investigation


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Eric Francis

Suspect is facing 23 felony charges

LEBANON, NH - An 18-year-old Lebanon man who police said tried to flee from them at the Kilton Library back in November when investigators went to seize his cellphone was arrested again Friday after Lebanon Police said their forensic review of his "cloud-based account" allegedly found "numerous images of very graphic child pornography involving underage children, some as young as 7-years-old. "

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    Back on November 7th, Jacob Seace was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing government administration before he was eventually released on $500 personal recognizance bail and issued a citation to appear in Lebanon District Court to formally answer the charges in January.

    Lebanon Police Chief Richard Mello released a statement at that time saying officers went to the public library to locate Seace as part of their investigation and once they began speaking with the teen he said "the officers developed information that Seace’s cell phone contained evidence of a crime and attempted to seize it, at which point Seace attempted to flee with the phone.  Officers were able to grab ahold of Seace, who resisted, and he was taken to the ground where he continued to resist and was handcuffed."  

    On January 2nd, police released more information about the case, saying that back in July they had begun an investigation after they received a tip from Microsoft, which is the parent company of the Skype video chat service, about a possible instance of child pornography having been uploaded from West Lebanon.

    Then, in November, police in Lebanon received another report about a 15-year-old female who appeared to be engaging in "inappropriate" conversations with an adult male over the Internet.
     
    Police said their investigation led them to believe that, "in addition to sexually charged conversations, there were images being exchanged."
    After detectives confronted Seace at the library in November and seized his phone they said, "A search warrant was later executed on Seace’s cellular phone and a forensic extraction was completed. That extraction led to an additional search warrant for a cloud-based account that was located on the cellular phone.  Seace’s cloud-based account was found to contain numerous images of very graphic child pornography involving underage children, some as young as 7-years-old."
    Seace has been charged with 22 counts of possession of child sexual abuse images and one count of distribution of child sexual abuse images, all of which are Class A felony offenses in New Hampshire.
    Police said the distribution charge came about because Seace allegedly sent a child sexual abuse image from a computer at the Kilton Library via Skype.

    Seace was held on $20,000 bail this weekend at the Grafton County jail pending arraignment in the Grafton County Superior Court on January 02, 2018. 

Jacob Seace, 18, of Lebanon is facing 23 separate felony counts involving child pornography

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