Lebanon Police Say Two Upper Valley Men Sentenced in Internet Solication Cases

Friday, February 16, 2018

Lebanon — Two Upper Valley men have been sentenced to prison for attempting to solicit minors in separate incidents after undercover police officers connected with potential predators on the internet, Lebanon police said on Friday.

After pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit felonious sexual assault, Erik E. Polson, 73, of Chelsea, was sentenced in Grafton County Superior Court on Thursday to two to four years in New Hampshire State Prison.

Polson also was sentenced to 3½ to seven years, all suspended, in state prison for trafficking after pleading guilty to that charge, according to a Lebanon police news release.

Lebanon police arrested Polson last August when he traveled to Lebanon to meet what he thought was a 15-year-old girl, but was met by police, the release said.

James M. Taylor, 26, of Quechee, also was sentenced in Grafton County Superior Court on Thursday to one to two years in New Hampshire State Prison for certain uses of computer services prohibited. He also received a suspended sentence of 12 months in the Grafton County Jail for child endangerment.

Lebanon police, who are affiliated with the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, arrested Taylor in November after they received an anonymous tip about an ad Taylor posted on Craigslist in an attempt to solicit young children for sex, according to the November news release from police. Police said they found the ad and engaged in a conversation with Taylor.

The conversation led police to meet Taylor at a West Lebanon baseball field, according to the November release.

Taylor, who arrived with his 2-year-old child, believed he was meeting a 15-year-old girl for sex but was confronted by police, authorities said.