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Lebanon man sentenced to prison for possessing, distributing child porn

Union Leader Correspondent

September 12. 2018 11:00PM

NORTH HAVERHILL — A Lebanon man was sentenced to between 4 and 10 years in the New Hampshire State Prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to possessing and distributing child sex abuse images.

Joshua I. LaClair, 33, of Elm Street, was indicted earlier this year on 39 counts of possession of child sexual abuse images and one count of distribution of child sexual abuse images.

Court documents say that some of the images showed victims as young as infants.

Appearing before Justice Peter Bornstein in Grafton County Superior Court, LaClair, whom his attorney, Jeremiah Newhall, said has cerebral palsy, sat for most of the proceedings.

After Bornstein pronounced his sentences, LaClair was taken into custody by bailiffs and removed from the courtroom in a wheelchair.

Earlier, Paul V. Fitzgerald, deputy Grafton County attorney, told Bornstein that had the case against LaClair gone to trial, the state would have proven that on May 2 LaClair admitted to investigators with the Lebanon Police Department that he had been downloading child sex abuse images for at least a year and as long as 18 months.

At one point, LaClair told investigators that he had to download materials onto portable USB drives because his computer was “full up,” said Fitzgerald, who noted that some of the images and videos found in LaClair’s possession depicted especially brutal child sexual abuse.

On Feb. 26, a national organization that protects children alerted Lebanon police that on six occasions someone from their area was uploading child pornography to the internet. Police traced the postings to LaClair and seized his computers and other electronic equipment.

At the request of Newhall, a public defender, Bornstein agreed to let Lebanon police return computers that were seized from LaClair’s residence, but were the property of other people and did not contain child pornography.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, LaClair was ordered to have no unsupervised contacts with minors and to register with the state as a sex offender.

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