Vermont Man Charged With Attempted Sexual Assault

City of Lebanon Police Department

36 Poverty Lane, Lebanon, NH 03766


Vermont Man Charged With Attempted Sexual Assault

On October 31, 2017, the Lebanon Police Department received a crime tip through our online submission portal The anonymous submission advised of a Craigslist advertisement that appeared to be targeting younger and possibly underage children for sex.

Lebanon Police Officers located the advertisement and engaged in conversation with the individual responsible for the post. The man was later identified as James Taylor, age 25, of Quechee, Vermont.

This investigation led to James Taylor arriving at a baseball field in West Lebanon with his 2 year-old child in his vehicle to meet, whom he believed to be a 15-year-old female for the purpose of sexual contact.

James Taylor was arrested and charged with Attempted Felonious Sexual Assault, Certain Use of Computer Services Prohibited, both Class B Felonies and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a Misdemeanor. The Endangering charge resulted from Taylor bringing his child with him during the commission of the crime. Taylor’s bail was set at $20,000 cash and he was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections pending arraignment in the Grafton County Superior Court on November 2, 2017. The 2 year-old child was released to the custody of the child’s mother.

The Lebanon Police Department is an affiliate of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC).

Authorized by: Chief Richard R. Mello Date: 11/2/17

NH ICAC In The News

Grafton County Sheriff’s Department

3785 Dartmouth College Highway, Box 6

North Haverhill, NH 03774-4936

Tel:  603-787-2111

Fax:  603-787-2005


On October 18, 2017 the Grafton County Sheriff’s Department, assisted by the Portsmouth, Nashua and Canaan Police Departments, as well as Homeland Security and Investigations, and the  Grafton County Attorney’s Office, acting on behalf of the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (NH ICAC), executed a search warrant at, 33 Roberts Road, Canaan, NH.  As a result of that search subject;

Zachary Benoit

Age:  27

Was taken into custody after a significant amount of egregious physical and sexual abuse images were identified in his possession.  Benoit was arrainged in the Grafton County Superior Court on October 19, 2017 on 13 felony counts of Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Images and is being held at the Grafton County House of Corrections in lieu of $10,000 cash or surety bail.

The matter remains as an open investigation, further charges may be pending.

Sheriff Douglas Dutile

NH ICAC In The News


One Municipal Drive

Derry, New Hampshire 03038-1458

Tel: (603) 432-6111

Fax: (603) 432-6119


On October 10, 2017 at approximately 1105 am

Patrick Foster DOB: 4/20/1971

635 Sagamore Avenue

Portsmouth NH 03801

was arrested at his residence by the Portsmouth Police Department on a Derry Police felony arrest warrant.

The arrest warrant stemmed from a Derry Police investigation involving Foster communicating online with who he thought was an underage juvenile. The investigation was conducted by the Derry Police Detectives in conjunction with the Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, Portsmouth Police Department, and ICE – Homeland Security Investigations.

Foster was charged with 7 counts each of Certain Uses of a Computer Service Prohibited (Class A Felony) and 3 counts each of Indecent Exposure and Lewdness (Class B Felony)

Foster was arraigned before 10th Circuit Court – Derry District on October 12, 2017 where his bail was set at $10,000.00 cash surety. He is scheduled for a Probable Cause hearing on October 19, 2017 at 12:45 pm. He is currently being held at the Rockingham County House of Corrections.

Man Arrested For Possession Of Child Pornography

On September 28, 2017, the Swanzey Police Department and NH ICAC Task Force, comprised of members from the Hinsdale Police Department, Rochester Police Department, Derry Police Department, Stafford County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Homeland Security served a search warrant on the residence of David Maclean, 69, of Swanzey, NH.  This warrant was served after information was received from the Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff’s Office regarding the unlawful possession of child sexual abuse images leading back to Maclean’s residence.

Subsequent to the service of this warrant David Maclean was arrested on possession of child pornography by the Hinsdale Police Department.  He was held in-lieu of $50,000.00 cash bail and will be arraigned before the Cheshire County Superior Court on September 29, 2017.

This case remains under investigation.

Man sentenced after he admits to possessing child sex abuse images

A man from Weare is heading to state prison after he admitted that he possessed child sex abuse images.

After a months-long investigation, Christopher Murphy was arrested last year.

Murphy pleaded guilty on Sept. 13 to six counts of possession of child pornography. The judge made the plea deal official Monday, sentencing Murphy to five to 10 years in prison.

Murphy also received two suspended sentences of seven and a half to 15 years.

“Anytime you have a case involving possession of child sexual abuse images, we’re always going to be concerned about kids,” Rockingham County Attorney Patricia Conway said.

Conway said that while this case may not be as egregious as some others, it still involves conduct society can’t tolerate.

“(In) this case, there was no evidence of sexual assault. However, it’s essentially a photograph of a child being sexually assaulted, and that’s completely unacceptable,” Conway said.

When he is released, Murphy will have to register as a sex offender. He is also not allowed to live in a house with anyone under the age of 16 unless there is another adult present.

Murphy is a former employee of WMUR.