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West Lebanon man accused of secretly recording child

Special to the Union Leader

September 01. 2014 8:42PM

HAVERHILL — A 54-year-old West Lebanon man has been charged with five counts related to secretly video recording an 8-year-old child last year in Grafton.

A Grafton County Superior Court grand jury has indicted Thomas Barnes, of 26 Crafts Ave., on three counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of violation of privacy, on May 19, 2013.

Possession of child pornography is a Class A felony; violation of privacy is a Class A misdemeanor.

In other indictments the grand jury handed up during its August session:

-- Edward Martin III, 28, of 10 Crawford St. in Littleton is charged with robbery, theft by unauthorized taking and simple assault for trying to haul a 55-inch television past a store employee at a Walmart in Woodsville last winter without paying, and trying to muscle past the worker.

Martin “used physical force on the person of another,” Eric Murray, on Nov. 11, 2013, at the store, while taking the television “past all points of sale” without paying for it, according to the indictments.

In a separate matter on the same date, Martin is charged with being a habitual offender, on Route 302 in Lisbon, after a similar charge by state Public Safety officials in October 2012.

Robbery is a Class B felony. Being charged as a habitual offender is a special felony. Simple assault and theft by unauthorized taking are Class A misdemeanors.

-- Jason Brown, 30, of 7 New Hampton Road in Franklin was charged with five counts: bail jumping, being a habitual offender, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, driving under the influence of drugs or liquor and reckless conduct.

Brown is accused of jumping bail by failing to appear for a scheduled hearing on July 14, 2014, at Plymouth District Court, while he was free on $1,500 personal recognizance bail.

He’s accused of having in his possession a Traditions muzzle-loader percussion rifle on Feb. 3, 2014, in Bristol after having been convicted of possession of a controlled drug on May 11, 2010, in Belknap County Superior Court.

Brown is also charged with operating a 2004 Dodge Durango on Summer Street in Bristol on Feb. 3, 2014, while under the influence of cocaine and fentanyl.

The vehicle Brown was driving on that date collided with a 2012 John Deere loader owned by the town of Bristol, according to the indictments, that left Brown’s front-seat passenger, Cheryl Brown with a serious personal injury, a spinal fracture.

Bail jumping, being a felon in possession of weapons, operating under the influence of drugs or liquor and reckless conduct are all Class B felonies. Being charged as a habitual offender is a special felony.

-- Nicholas J. Downey, 25, of 284 Wilder Street, Wilder, Vt., is charged with criminal threatening on May 28 in Lebanon. Downer is accused of threatening an unidentified 35-year-old woman by “waving a 9mm Smith & Wesson firearm at her” while he was tailgating her. The charge is a Class B felony.

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