Lebanon man charged in "very graphic" child pornography case
Police seize more than a thousand images and videos
LEBANON, NH - A 32-year-old Lebanon man was arrested Friday and is being charged with multiple felony counts related to possessing and allegedly distributing "very graphic" child pornography.
Joshua LaClair was held over the weekend at the Grafton County House of Corrections and is due to be arraigned next door at the Grafton Superior Court later today on 39 felony counts of possession of child sexual abuse images and one felony count of distribution of child sexual abuse images.
In a press release issued Monday, Lebanon Police Chief Richard Mello said the Lebanon Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit received a cyber-tip regarding an upload of child pornography that was believed to have originated in Lebanon.
"An investigation was immediately launched and as it progressed, the Cyber Crimes Unit served a search warrant at an Elm Street residence in Lebanon," the release explained. "Several electronic devices were seized from the residence and a forensic analysis was conducted. Devices belonging to Joshua I. LaClair, age 32, of Elm Street in Lebanon NH were found to contain images and video of very graphic child pornography involving underage children, including infants."
Police said their investigation found over a thousand suspicious images and videos on LaClair's electronic devices and added that additional charges may be forthcoming.
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 chief said.
Joshua LaClair, 32, of Lebanon is now facing forty felony charges related to child pornography
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