Canaan Man, 30, Faces Sex Charges
White River Junction — A Canaan man charged with sexually assaulting two children in New Hampshire was arrested in Vermont on Wednesday and will be returned to New Hampshire to face trial.
Leon A. Webb, 30, faces four counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault of an 8-year-old victim. He was indicted on those charges in October by a Grafton County grand jury in Grafton Superior Court in North Haverhill. According to documents available in Windsor Superior Court, the acts allegedly occurred between January and August 2013.
According to a police affidavit in Lebanon District Court, the victim told a child advocacy worker of inappropriate touching by Webb. Webb agreed to take a polygraph test to “clear his name.” The detective administering the test said in the affidavit that Webb “was being deceptive and he was not being truthful.”
Earlier in the year, Webb had pleaded not guilty in Lebanon District Court to misdemeanor charges of indecent exposure and lewdness, criminal contempt, and endangering the welfare of a child for acts allegedly involving a 5-year-old victim. That case is scheduled to go to trial Dec. 3.
As a general practice, the Valley News does not identify victims of sex crimes. Both victims were known to Webb.
The October charges were brought using a so-called “secret indictment.” Grafton County Attorney Lara Saffo declined to comment on the case or the use of the secret indictment. Webb’s public defender, Daniel Stevens, also declined to comment after Thursday’s hearing.
An indictment is a process for prosecutors to continue pursuing charges. It is not a finding of guilt. Indictments normally are made public and the defendant is notified by mail. Secret indictments are not public and the defendant is not notified.
After Webb’s October indictment, a judge issued a warrant for his arrest. Hartford police arrested Webb at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center on Wednesday afternoon.
He was held overnight in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Webb appeared in Windsor Superior Court on Thursday to begin the extradition process back to New Hampshire.
His short blond hair was neatly trimmed and he was wearing blue jeans, a black and gray jacket zipped to the neck, and red tennis shoes. He was handcuffed and had shackles around his ankles.
He spoke only to say “correct” and “yes” when the judge asked if he understood his right to contest extradition and require a governor’s warrant for his return to New Hampshire.
Webb waived extradition, meaning he will be returned to New Hampshire immediately. Windsor County State’s Attorney Michael Kainen said he expects New Hampshire authorities to transport Webb on Friday or Monday.
Judge Karen Carroll ordered Webb be held without bail until his extradition.
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