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Police: Vt. man faces trafficking charges for trying to meet with adult, juvenile for sex in Lebanon

August 12. 2017 5:36PM
Erik Polson, 72, of Chelsea, Vt., was arrested Thursday for trying to rendezvous with an adult and juvenile for sexual contact in Lebanon, police said. (Lebanon Police Department)

LEBANON — A 72-year-old Vermont man faces felony human trafficking and computer crimes charges after police said they caught him trying to rendezvous with an adult and juvenile for sexual contact.

Police Chief Richard Mello said his agency has been conducting investigations through social media providers, targeting people who have been looking to victimize children.

Investigators engaged in a conversation with a man police later identified as Erik Polson.

Police said Polson, of Chelsea, Vt., traveled Thursday to Lebanon to meet with an adult and juvenile for sex.

He was approached by Lebanon police officers, arrested and charged with the Class A felony of conspiracy to commit human trafficking and the Class B felony of conspiracy to use computer services to commit that crime.

His bail was set at $20,000. Polson was taken to the Grafton County House of Corrections to await his arraignment on the charges.

The Lebanon Police Department is an affiliate of the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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