Tip from the FBI leads to arrest of Lebanon man on multiple child pornography charges

LEBANON - A Lebanon resident who was already a registered sex offender was arrested Thursday and charged with ten felony counts of possession of child sexual abuse images, the Lebanon Police Department announced on Friday.

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    John Laybourne, 56, is due in Grafton Superior Court today for arraignment on the charges which came about because of a tip from the FBI that was relayed to the Lebanon Police Department's Cyber Crimes Unit last month.

    FBI agents told their local counterparts that they suspected Laybourne, who is a "Tier III" sex offender and required to register as such for life, had been engaged in trading images and videos depicting sexual assaults against children in an online chat room.

    As a result of their own investigation, Lebanon police executed a search warrant at Laybourne's resident on Hanover Street where officers said they seized electronic devices containing "videos of very graphic child pornography involving young children, some under the age of five."

    Police said their investigation is continuing and additional charges are expected.

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