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Hudson Police chief's son indicted on child porn charges

By KEVIN LANDRIGAN
New Hampshire Union Leader

April 26. 2018 10:00PM




CONCORD — A federal grand jury indicted the son of Hudson Police Chief Jason Lavoie on two charges of possessing and receipt of child pornography after a four-year investigation.

Tyler Lavoie, 21, turned himself in to federal marshals for his arrest on Jan. 13, according to court documents.

From Feb. 6 to March 4, the younger Lavoie was attending a court-approved, substance abuse treatment program at the Phoenix House in Keene.

Federal authorities unsealed records that confirmed the file-sharing business Dropbox in 2014 reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children someone obtained nearly 100 images of child pornographic videos and photos.

Dropbox made a second report about a similar number of files to the same account holder in 2016.

After seeking information from high-speed cable and cellphone company services, FBI agents told court authorities they traced the account with the user name Ty Jackson to Tyler Lavoie’s residence at that time, 34 Holton Circle in Londonderry.

A May 2017 search warrant of Lavoie’s Londonderry home found an iPhone with hundreds of child pornography images on it, investigators told federal court officials.

“Lavoie told investigators that he used the Apple iPhone to engage in child pornography-related activities,” according to the complaint federal prosecutors brought against Lavoie before the indictment.

Lavoie first described himself as a “cyber vigilante” who was responsible for removing child pornography from Dropbox, according to the FBI agent who interviewed him.

When pressed further on the matter, the FBI agent said Lavoie admitted he “started to enjoy” looking at child pornography and that he downloaded thousands of files to view.

Court documents said Lavoie told authorities he sent links of child pornography files to others to get other files in exchange, but insisted to investigators he “never paid money for or received money for” the child pornography.

Hudson Police Chief Lavoie has declined comment on the matter.

Since early April, the younger Lavoie has been released under federal probation supervision, with restrictions on his conduct pending a trial that could take place this summer.

Lavoie’s defense lawyer, Charles Keefe, has not yet responded to the charges in the complaint or the more recent indictment.

Keefe requested on his client’s behalf the substance abuse treatment referral, which a federal court magistrate approved.

Federal officials said Lavoie was a 2014 graduate of Alvirne High School. At the time of his arrest, officials said Tyler Lavoie was working as a server at a restaurant.

klandrigan@unionleader.com


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