Police: Lebanon Man Used American Flag to Start Church Fire; Defendant Held on $500,000 Bail

  • Anthony K. Boisvert

  • Anthony Boisvert listens to a judge read his charges aloud via video feed during his arraignment hearing in Lebanon District Court, Tuesday, January 3, 2017 in Lebanon, N.H. Boisvert faces seven felony charges in connection with two stabbings on Sunday and the fire the destroyed the First Baptist Church of Lebanon last week. (Valley News - John Happel) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Church member David Rataj, left, speaks with Adam Fanjoy of the New Hampshire State Fire Marshal's Office next to the First Baptist Church in Lebanon, N.H., on Dec. 29, 2016. The church was destroyed by fire late Wednesday night. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

Published: 1/3/2017 11:25:16 AM
Modified: 1/3/2017 1:13:00 PM

Lebanon — The 27-year-old Lebanon man charged with setting a fire that gutted the First Baptist Church of Lebanon had an outburst in court this morning during his arraignment.

Anthony K. Boisvert, who also faces charges related to two nonfatal stabbings Sunday night and other fires in the Upper Valley, was ultimately held on $500,000 bail during his arraignment at Lebanon District Court.

Boisvert, who appeared via video without a lawyer and spoke for himself during the arraignment, argued for a bail of $500 to $5,000, shouting at the courtroom that he wanted to be freed to kill several family members.

(Scroll to the bottom to read the state’s complaint against Boisvert.)

Boisvert spent time with one of the two stabbing victims the night of the fire and said he talked about “doing something big in Lebanon” that night, according to the police affidavit filed with the case and released after the arraignment.

The affidavit also said Boisvert told police that he had broken into the church, masturbated to images he used the church computer to access and lit an American flag to start the fire.

Boisvert’s sister, Andrea Gilbert, was also held on charges of falsifying physical evidence related to text messages.

Posted online Tuesday at 11:25 a.m. Find a full report in Wednesday’s Valley News.

Boisvert Arson Complaint by Valley News on Scribd


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