Man Charged with Distribution, Possession of Child Pornography

Cyber-tip Led to Investigation

In April of 2018, the Lebanon Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit received a Cyber-tip regarding an upload of child pornography, believe to be originating 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, NH, relating to this investigation, said authorities. 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, allegedly were found to contain images and video of very graphic child pornography involving underage children, including infants. 

On May 18, Lebanon Police arrested LaClair and charged him with 39 counts of Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Images and one count of Distribution of Child Sexual Abuse images; all are Class A Felony Offenses. The investigation into LaClair allegedly identified over 1,000 images and videos on his devices, said the Lebanon Police Department in a statement. Additional charges may be forthcoming, said Lebanon Police Chief Richard Mello. 

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. 

LaClair was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections and was to be arraigned in the Grafton County Superior Court on May 21.

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