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Lebanon man sentenced in child solicitation case


Staff report
Thursday, August 22, 2019

NORTH HAVERHILL — A 40-year-old Lebanon man who police say tried to solicit a child for sex over the internet earlier this year has pleaded guilty to charges in the case.

Nathan Malmquist earlier this month pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors: two counts of attempted sexual assault and one count of attempted incident exposure and lewdness, Grafton County Attorney Marcie Hornick said on Tuesday. Malmquist was just one of several men arrested earlier this year during undercover operations by the Lebanon Police Department.

Malmquist sought to meet up with a juvenile for sex acts, but a Lebanon police officer working with the Cyber Crimes Unit was on the other end of the inquiry. No children were harmed.

Malmquist was sentenced to serve nine months of a 12-month sentence in the Grafton County Jail, Hornick said. He will remain on probation for two years. If he violates his probation, he has the potential to serve two additional years.

Jason Bessent, 38, of Windsor, and David Hunt Sr., 47, of White River Junction, also were arrested on similar charges in February.

Bessent pleaded guilty on July 30 to computer services use prohibited, attempted felonious sexual assault and attempted sexual assault. He was sentenced to serve 12 months in the house of corrections, Hornick said. He also received two suspended New Hampshire State Prison sentences. He will remain on probation for three years.

Hunt’s case is pending. He has a final pre-trial hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

The case of Daniel Dudek, 49, of Lexington, Mass., who was the fourth man arrested on similar charges, also is still pending. He has a final pre-trial hearing slated for Sept. 25.