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January 7, 2013

Salem man sentenced on child porn charges

BRENTWOOD — A Salem, N.H., man, arrested after photographing young girls at Canobie Lake Park, was sentenced to up to 15 years in prison on child pornography charges.

David Lantagne was sentenced Friday by Rockingham Superior Court Judge Marguerite Wageling following his conviction in October on three counts of attempted possession of sexual images.

Lantagne, who remains free on appeal, was sentenced to 2 to 15 years, according to County Attorney James Reams. He also received 3 and a half to seven years on each of two counts.

The prosecution recommended Lantagne receive four to eight years, Reams said. Wageling was impressed that Lantagne immediately sought sex offender treatment after his arrest, Reams said.

Each of the Class A felonies was punishable by seven and a half to 15 years in state prison.

The 47-year-old was arrested in July 2011 after a woman at Canobie Lake Park in Salem complained to park security that Lantagne was using a cellphone to take photos of her young daughter while she played in the water.

When confronted by security, Lantagne admitted having a “problem” and said he also photographed girls at The Mall at Rockingham Park.

He was initially charged with disorderly conduct and violation of privacy. The charges against Lantagne were elevated when Salem police seized his home computer and found images of nude young girls.

The children were not the young girls photographed in bathing suits at Canobie Lake Park.

Lantagne’s attorney, John Macoul, asked Wageling in June to bar the cellphone photos from being submitted as evidence.

During the hearing, park employees testified about their encounter with Lantagne, saying he held the cellphone below his waist to photograph the girls while trying not to be detected.

Wageling ruled in July that police had the right to confiscate Lantagne’s cellphone and to detain him.

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