Child Sex Abuse Image Charges for Man at Center of Controversial Arrest at Lebanon Library
LEBANON — Police charged a man who's November arrest raised eyebrows after it was caught on cellphone video at the library with possession and distribution of child sex abuse images.
On Friday, the Lebanon Police Department arrested and charged Jacob Seace, 18, of Lebanon, with 22 counts of possession of child sexual abuse images and one count of distribution of child sexual abuse images, which are all class A felony offenses.
The distribution charge is the result of Seace sending a child sexual abuse image from a computer at the Kilton Library through Skype, police said.
In July, Microsoft, on behalf of subordinate company Skype, contacted the department's Cyber Crime Unit about the upload of possible child pornography, police said. The department immediately began an investigation.
In November, the Lebanon police wrote a report of a 15-year-old girl having inappropriate contact through the internet with an adult man. The investigation revealed that not only sexually graphic conversations were taking place but explicit images had been shared as well, police said.
Seace became a person of interest at this time.
Officers arrested Seace at Kilton Library on Nov. 7. Detectives found Seace at the library and approached him to question him about possible evidence of a crime on his cellphone. When the detectives mentioned the possible evidence to Seace, he attempted to flee with the phone. The detectives then used force to arrest Seace. The encounter was recorded by a bystander.
At the time, Seace was released on $500 personal recognizance bail and was scheduled to appear in the Lebanon district court Jan. 8.
Police executed a search warrant on Seace’s cellphone and removed evidence that led to another search warrant for a cloud-based account on the cellphone. Officers found graphic child sex abuse images of underage children, some as young as 7-years-old, on Seace's cloud-based account and arrested him a second time, police said.
Seace was being held on $20,000 cash bail and was scheduled to be arraigned in Grafton County Superior Court on Tuesday.