Former Nashua teacher reaches plea deal

NASHUA – A hearing is now scheduled for Thursday afternoon in Hillsborough County Superior Court South on the plea agreement reached by parties in the online sex-solicitation case of former Nashua High School South teacher Bruce Lanctot.

Lanctot, 42, of 25 Stark St., Apt. 0, is expected to enter guilty pleas to charges that accuse him of sending nude photos of himself to juvenile NHS South students and soliciting sex through social media sites in 2015 and early 2016.

The hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. in the Nashua court.

Court documents show that Lanctot and his lawyer, Attorney William A. Korman, filed a notice of intent to plead guilty on Jan. 26.

The parties agreed to a “capped plea” arrangement, meaning that each side presents a sentence recommendation to the judge, who then decides the exact sentence.

Documents indiate the defense is recommending Lanctot serve 2 1/2 years in state prison, while prosecutors recommend he serve 5 years.

The documents don’t state whether Lanctot will enter guilty pleas to all 10 charges against him, or if the agreement calls for guilty pleas on some of them, with the remainder to be dismissed.

Those 10 charges on which Lanctot was indicted include four counts of endangering the welfare of a child – soliciting sex; four counts of prohibited use of computer services; one count of indecent exposure or sexual act involving a child under age 16; and one count of falsifying physical evidence.

All are Class B felonies.

Lanctot has been free on $20,000 cash or surety bail since his arrest in May 2016. He had been a social studies teacher at NHS South for a number of years, but officials said his employment with the district was terminated at the time of his arrest.