New charge added in Nashua ex-teacher sex text case
NASHUA – A grand jury has handed down an additional indictment against former Nashua High School South teacher Bruce Lanctot, accusing him of falsifying evidence during the investigation this spring into allegations he solicited sex from students.
Lanctot, 40, of 25 Stark St., Apt. 0, was initially indicted in August on six felony charges that accuse him of sending nude photos of himself to juvenile students and soliciting sex from students through social media sites.
The new indictment alleges that on May 10, the day before he was arrested, Lanctot hid his cellphone “and subsequently erased the contents of the phone … knowing that Nashua police intended to seize it” as evidence.
Meanwhile, another man, Walter Lambert, 30, who has the same Stark Street address as Lanctot, has been indicted on one count of criminal liability to falsifying physical evidence in connection with Lanctot’s case.
Lambert’s indictment accuses him of “knowingly … facilitating the destruction of the contents” of Lanctot’s cellphone by allegedly helping him to hide the phone so Lanctot could erase its contents, according to the indictment.
Both Lanctot’s and Lambert’s charges are Class B felonies.
The indictments are among more than 100 handed down this week in the September term of the Hillsborough County South Division grand jury.
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 the case forward in Superior Court.
The indictment against Lambert is the first mention of his name in connection with Lanctot’s case. The nature of his relationship with Lanctot isn’t clear, other than the fact they share the same address.
The charges on which Lanctot was indicted in August include two counts each of use of computer services prohibited; endangering the welfare of a child; and endangering the welfare of a child – soliciting sex.
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 period, the indictments state.
soliciting sex charges, meanwhile, allege that Lanctot solicited the two youths “to engage in fellatio with him,” thereby endangering the welfare of both of them.
Following Lanctot’s arrest in May, police said he at some point identified himself as a teacher at South, and indicated 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or@Telegraph_DeanS.