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Manchester lawyer Lisa Biron faces more charges in child porn case

Manchester attorney Lisa Biron appears at her arraignment to face charges of possessing child pornography in Manchester District Court;  Friday, October 26, 2012. 

(TRICIA NADOLNY  / Monitor staff)

Manchester attorney Lisa Biron appears at her arraignment 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 filming child pornography is now facing charges she also engaged in sexually explicit conduct with the teenage girl in the videos.

Lisa Biron, 43, is accused of filming that incident as well as other sexual encounters she coerced the girl to take part in, according to indictments filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Concord.

A judge yesterday ordered Biron to have no contact with the 14-year-old girl after U.S. Attorney John Kacavas said Biron has, in phone conversations from jail, put “great pressure on the minor victim about what to say and not to say,” according to the Associated Press.

The case is scheduled for jury selection Tuesday, and Biron’s lawyer, James Moir, said he expects the trial to begin either that day or the following morning. The alleged victim is listed in court documents as one of 17 witnesses who might testify at trial for the prosecution.

Biron, who is associated with a national coalition of Christian lawyers, is also accused of taking the girl to Ontario to be filmed for child pornography. On the list of possible witnesses are a member of the Ontario Provincial Police and an employee at a Niagara Falls hotel.

The police began investigating Biron in early October when a man came into the Manchester Police Department and reported seeing pornography on her computer, according to Capt. Nick Willard. An investigation led to Biron’s Oct. 9 arrest, at which time she was charged with seven counts of possessing child pornography.

Then in November, while Biron was at court for a probable cause hearing, FBI agents took her into custody. A few hours later in U.S. District Court in Concord, Biron was formally told of the federal charges she now faces: transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, possession of child pornography and five counts of sexual exploitation of children. (An additional count of sexual exploitation of children was added by prosecutors Wednesday.)

At that arraignment, Judge Landya McCafferty denied Biron’s request for bail, saying she had broken nearly all of the bail conditions imposed in district court. Prosecutors said she continued to use Craigslist, the same listing service where she met the individual who tipped off the Manchester police, and was in possession of 200 rounds of ammunition.

Prosecutors also made the following allegations:

∎ Two witnesses have testified to seeing Biron in possession of ecstasy, marijuana and cocaine.

∎ Biron sent a threatening text message to the person who turned her in to the police, advising him he would have to watch his back “FOR EVER.”

∎ Biron sent a text to a friend saying she might flee to Cuba because she had “nothing left.”

∎ Other juveniles have been subjected to Biron’s sexual activity and drug use.

Biron, who records show became a lawyer in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts in 2008, has worked in Concord defending a Pentecostal church on Mountain Road in its tax fight against the city. She tried that case in connection with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a group of lawyers who, according to their 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.”

(Tricia L. Nadolny can be reached at 369-3306 or tnadolny@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @tricia_nadolny.)

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