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Trial for former Nashua teacher accused of sending nude pics to students postponed

By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent

October 16. 2017 11:35PM




BRUCE LANCTOT

NASHUA — The trial for Bruce Lanctot, a former city high school teacher accused of sending nude photographs of himself to students, has been postponed until next year.

Jury selection for Lanctot, a former teacher at Nashua High School South who was arrested in May 2016, was set to take place earlier this month but has been postponed until Feb. 5, 2018, according to a clerk at Hillsborough County Superior Court.

Lanctot, 41, of 25 Stark St., Apt. 0, has been indicted on nine felony charges connected with the case — four charges of endangering the welfare of a child by soliciting sex, four charges of computer services prohibited and one charge of indecent exposure toward a minor.

He has been free on $20,000 corporate surety bond since his arrest. According to court documents, a plea offer was previously made.

Lanctot is accused of sending nude photographs to students in March 2016. He also allegedly used Facebook to solicit a student under the age of 16 to meet him “for the purpose of engaging in sexual conduct,” court documents state, adding Lanctot allegedly transmitted an image of himself exposing his genitals to the same student.

Lanctot was placed on leave in May 2016; he is no longer working at the high school.

“Both sides continue to work towards a pretrial solution to this matter,” Attorney William Korman, legal counsel for Lanctot, wrote in court records.

According to court documents, Lanctot also allegedly concealed his cell phone and subsequently erased the contents on his phone knowing that the Nashua Police Department intended to seize it for evidentiary purposes.

Lanctot’s roommate, Walter Lambert, was also previously indicted on a charge of criminal liability to falsifying physical evidence after he allegedly helped hide Lanctot’s phone, court documents state.

At the time of Lanctot’s arrest last year, police alleged that Lanctot used the social media app Grindr to contact several students, engage in sexually explicit conversations with the victims and ask them to meet to engage in sexual activity.

Aside from Lanctot’s former teaching position, he also previously served as the co-adviser of the Gay Straight Alliance Club at Nashua High School South.

“The victims reported they received numerous nude photos of Lanctot. In addition, the victims reported being solicited by Lanctot to meet with him and engage in sexual conduct,” police said in an earlier statement.

Authorities said that Lanctot knew he was communicating with students on the social media app. Lanctot was a former social studies teacher who started working at the high school in 2001.

khoughton@newstote.com


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