In July 2018, the Lebanon Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit received an investigative referral from the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding an individual residing in the City who was engaged in trading child sexual assault images and videos. The information provided suggested that this male subject was accessing an online chat room where individuals engaged in conversation about, and traded, child pornography.
The Lebanon Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit began investigating and subsequently executed a search warrant at a residence on Hanover Street in Lebanon on August 9th. Electronic devices were seized from the residence and the content was reviewed. Digital media belonging to John Laybourne, age 56, of Hanover Street in Lebanon, were found to contain videos of very graphic child pornography involving young children, some under the age of 5.
Laybourne was arrested on August 9th and is charged with ten counts of Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Images, all Class A Felony charges.
Laybourne is a registered Tier III sex offender in the State of New Hampshire and is required to register for life. Laybourne refused the services of a Bail Commissioner and was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections, pending arraignment today, August 10th, in the Grafton Count Superior Court.
The investigation continues, and additional charges are expected.
Authorized by: Chief Richard R. Mello