Lawyer charged with possessing child porn ordered to give up passport
Manchester attorney Lisa Biron stands to face charges of possessing child pornography in Manchester District Court; Friday, October 26, 2012. (TRICIA NADOLNY / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »
A Manchester lawyer accused of possessing child pornography was ordered by a judge to give up her passport yesterday.
The police believe the pornographic images 43-year-old Lisa Biron is accused of having on her computer were not made in New Hampshire, and officials have handed off the investigation into their origin to the FBI. The police have not charged Biron with making the pornography, just possessing five videos and two images of the same teenage girl engaging in sexually explicit conduct with an unknown male.
Biron knows the juvenile in the materials and has been ordered to have no contact with her, according to Nick Willard, who heads the Manchester Police Department’s investigative unit.
Biron declined to comment yesterday following her arraignment at Manchester’s district court. Prosecutors agreed to keep her bail at $35,000, which Biron posted after her Oct. 9 arrest through a corporate surety company. Biron, who did not have a lawyer but applied for a court-appointed one yesterday, waived a formal reading of the charges.
Under her bail conditions, Biron has also been ordered to have no unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18 and suspend any use of her Facebook account or computer for anything other than work.
The police began investigating Biron on Sept. 29 when a man came into the Manchester Police Department and reported that he had seen pornography on her computer, according to Willard, who declined to say how the man knew Biron. Officers received a search warrant and executed it at Biron’s 42 Pratt Court home in Manchester on Oct. 9. A forensic search was completed on her computer, and she was arrested later that day after investigators found the pornographic materials, according to Willard.
Records show Biron became a lawyer in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts in 2008. She is associated with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a group of lawyers that, according to its website, are committed to keeping “the door open for the spread of the Gospel” by advocating for “religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family.”
In Concord, Biron has worked with the ADF in defending a Pentecostal Church on Mountain Road in its tax fight against the city. Assessors began taxing the church in 2008 based on the percentage of the building not used for religious purposes. When arguing the case before the state’s Supreme Court in February, Biron said it “ opens up a can of constitutional worms if you allow the city to go into a house of public worship.”
A spokesman yesterday said more than “2,000 attorneys in private practice have voluntarily associated themselves with (the ADF),” but declined to elaborate on how they go about becoming voluntary allies or end up working on cases with the ADF.
Biron lists the Bible as her favorite book on Facebook, and she recently served on the board of directors at Mount Zion Christian Schools in Manchester. Bob Carter, the school’s headmaster, said Biron was on the board for about two years and left “at least a year ago.”
She is currently employed by the Donais Law Offices in Manchester, where Craig Donais said Biron has worked since May, but is now on an indefinite suspension pending the resolution of the criminal charges.
In applying for a court-appointed lawyer, Biron filed a financial affidavit yesterday that shows her having about $100 in cash and savings. Court documents show Biron filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2002 while living in New Boston. Her financial affidavit includes a $205 monthly payment for consolidation of debt as well as a $210 monthly student loan bill.
Biron did not have her passport at the courthouse yesterday, so the prosecutor asked that she turn it in at the Manchester Police Department by 3 p.m. A police spokeswoman said someone turned in the document for Biron before that deadline.
According to her Facebook page, Biron graduated from Milford High School in 1987 and received a degree in business from Hesser College in 2001. In court documents, Biron said she has lived in New Hampshire for 40 years.
She is scheduled for a probable cause hearing, where a judge will decide whether there is enough evidence for the case to continue to Hillsborough County Superior Court, on Nov. 16.
(Tricia L. Nadolny can be reached at 369-3306 or firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @tricia_nadolny.)