The Lebanon Police Cyber Crimes Unit had been investigating a social media provider targeting individuals who were looking to victimize children.
Lebanon Police Officers engaged in a conversation via social media with a male who later arrived at a location to meet a person he thought was a juvenile for sexual acts on January 19, 2021. He was identified as Nicholi Vines, age 30, from Bethel, VT.
Lebanon Police took Vines into custody and charged him with Certain Uses of Computer Services Prohibited, Attempted Felonious Sexual Assault, and Attempted Endangering Welfare of a Child, all Class B Felony offenses. Vines was held in preventative detention and will be arraigned in the Grafton County Superior Court on January 20, 2021.
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 Richard R. Mello Date: 1/20/2021