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Police: Lebanon man watched child porn in church office, used U.S. flag to start fire

By MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent

January 03. 2017 1:38PM
Anthony K. Boisvert (inset), charged in last week's fire that destroyed the Lebanon First Baptist Church, two other arsons and two stabbings, was held on $500,000 bail Tuesday. (COURTESY)



LEBANON — A Tannery Lane man charged with arson in a fire that destroyed the First Baptist Church told police he watched child pornography in the pastor's office before using a U.S. flag to start the fire, a circuit court judge was told by prosecutors Tuesday.

Anthony K. Boisvert, 27, of 8 Tannery Lane, was arrested Sunday night in the stabbing of two people at the Boulders condominium complex; police said he admitted he had set the church fire and two other fires.

Boisvert is being held on $500,000 cash bail after his arraignment.

Wednesday's fire at the First Baptist Church destroyed the 19th-century building.

According to Boisvert's arrest affidavit, police were called to the Boulders complex about 9:10 p.m. Sunday, where a man, 52, and woman, 66, had been stabbed multiple times.

Before being taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment of their non-life-threatening wounds, they told police Boisvert had stabbed them, then fled, the affidavit states.

Police found Boisvert, his clothes covered with blood, about an hour later on Tannery Lane and arrested him.

According to police, Boisvert told them he had stabbed the pair for talking about him to police officers investigating the church fire.

He admitted to starting the church fire and another in the basement of 68 Mascoma St.

He also admitted setting fire to an abandoned house on Hanover Street Extension on Jan. 16, police said, and to breaking into the recreation and senior centers on Wednesday.

Police responded to the fire at the First Baptist Church on School Street about 11:20 p.m. Wednesday and then were called to the Mascoma Street fire, where they found a smoldering sofa that had been doused by fire sprinklers.

Police said Boisvert told them he forced his way into the church on the Green Street side, then went through the nursery to the pastor's office, where he watched "kiddie porn" on the computer.

Police said he told them that he then went into the main part of the church, lit a U.S. flag on fire and made sure it was burning fully before leaving.

Police said earlier that evening, Boisvert allegedly told people at a camp fire in the woods outside the Boulders complex that they should "watch the news as he was going to do something big in Lebanon on that night."

Police said several witnesses told them Boisvert bragged about setting fires in Lebanon and in Wilder, Vt.

According to police, Boisvert's sister told investigators that when she confronted her brother about the fire, he said he had to get out of town and that his life was worthless.

He is charged with three counts of arson and two counts of first-degree assault.

Also arraigned Tuesday was Andrea Kate Gilbert, 27, of 21 Tannery Lane, who was charged in the case on one count of falsifying physical evidence. She was being held on $5,000 cash bail.

Boisvert and Gilbert are scheduled to return to court Jan. 10 for probable cause hearings.

mpierce@newstote.com


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