The Lebanon Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit has been conducting a pro-active investigation through a social media provider, involving an individual attempting to target children who reside in Lebanon.
Lebanon Police officers engaged in a conversation via social media with a male who was later identified as: John E. Vadala III, age 53, of Newmarket, NH.
This investigation led to Vadala arriving at a location in Lebanon to meet a person that he thought was a juvenile for sexual acts on July 7, 2020.
Vadala was taken into custody and charged with Certain Uses of Computer Services Prohibited, Attempted Felonious Sexual Assault, Attempted Endangering Welfare of a Child, all Class B Felonies, and Attempted Sexual Assault, a Class A Misdemeanor. Vadala was held in preventative detention and transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections pending arraignment in the Grafton County Superior Court.
The Lebanon Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit will continue to prosecute those who use the internet to sexually exploit children. The Lebanon Police Department is an affiliate of the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (ICAC).
Authorized by: Chief Richared R. Mello