The Lebanon Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit has been conducting an investigation through a social media provider targeting individuals who were seeking to victimize children.
Lebanon Police officers engaged in a conversation via social media with a male who was later identified as Jason Bessent, age 37, of Windsor VT.
This investigation led to Bessent arriving at a local park to meet a person that he thought was a juvenile for sexual acts on March 1, 2019.
Bessent taken into custody and charged with Certain Uses of Computer Services Prohibited, Attempted Felonious Sexual Assault, both Class B Felony charges, and Attempted Sexual Assault, a Class A Misdemeanor. Bessent was held in preventative detention and is expected to be arraigned in the Grafton County Superior Court on Monday March 4, 2019.
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: 03/04/19