Indictments in teacher sex case

NASHUA – A Hillsborough South grand jury Tuesday handed down six indictments against Bruce Lanctot, the former Nashua High School South teacher accused of sending nude photos of himself to juvenile students and soliciting sex through social media sites.

Lanctot, 40, of 25 Stark St., Apt. 0, was arrested May 11 by Nashua police following an investigation into allegations that he sent the nude photos and contacted several juveniles to ask them to meet with him to engage in sexual conduct, according to police.

The indictments charge Lanctot with two counts each of use of computer services prohibited; endangering the welfare of a child; and endangering the welfare of a child – soliciting sex, all of which are Class B felonies.

The computer-related charges accuse Lanctot of using Grindr, an online service typically used by gay and bisexual men to meet others in their area, and two text-messaging platforms to entice two boys, now ages 15 and 16, to engage in fellatio with him, according to the documents.

The alleged offenses occurred between Sept. 1, 2015, and Jan. 23, 2016, in one case, and between Sept. 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016, in the other.

The two endangering the welfare of a child counts accuse Lanctot of asking the same two boys to send him nude photos of themselves "with their genitals lewdly displayed" during roughly the same time frame, the indictments state.

The charges of endangering – soliciting sex, meanwhile, allege that Lanctot solicited the two youths "to engage in fellatio with him," thereby endangering the welfare of both of them.

An indictment is not an indication, or proof of, guilt, but represents the Grand Jury’s determination that enough evidence exists for prosecutors to move forward with the case.

Following Lanctot’s arrest in May, police said he at some point identified himself as a teacher at South, and indicated that he knew he was communicating with South students. He allegedly engaged in sexually explicit conversations with the victims while asking them to send him nude photos of themselves.

Meanwhile, police said at the time, several victims reported receiving numerous nude photos of Lanctot, and some said he asked them to engage in sexual conduct with him.

Lanctot was initially placed on paid administrative leave, but school officials have since said that he’s no longer associated with the school district.

Lanctot has been free on $20,000 cash or surety bail since he was released shortly after his arrest.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or@Telegraph_DeanS.