In July 2018, the Lebanon Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit received information about a sex offender being in possession of child pornography and immediately began to investigate.
As the investigation progressed, the Cyber Crimes Unit served a search warrant at a residence on Hanover Street in Lebanon, NH. Electronic devices were seized from the residence and the content was reviewed. Digital media belonging to John Laybourne, age 56 of Lebanon, NH were found to contain video of very graphic child pornography involving young children.
Laybourne is a Tier III sex offender and is required to register for life. Laybourne was arrested.
On January 15, 2019, Laybourne plead guilty to 40 counts of possession of Child Sexual Abuse Images and was sentenced to 5.5 years to 11 years in the New Hampshire State Prison.
The Lebanon Police Department is an affiliate of the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children TaskForce and will continue to prosecute those who use the internet to sexually exploit children.
Authorized by: Chief Richard R. Mello