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Manchester lawyer Lisa Biron accused of possessing child pornography

A Manchester lawyer has been charged with possessing child pornography that the police said depicts a teenage girl whom she knows.

The five videos and two pictures Lisa Biron is accused of possessing all show the same teenager engaged in explicit conduct with an unknown male, according to the charges filed Oct. 9 in Manchester’s district court. Biron, who has represented a Pentecostal church on Mountain Road in its tax fight against the city of Concord, has been ordered to have no contact with that girl or any other minors under the age of 18, according to court documents.

Biron, 43, did not return a request for comment left yesterday by the Monitor.

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 Nick Willard, who heads the department’s investigative unit. Willard declined to say how the man knew Biron.

He said investigators had information about who they believed to be the juvenile in the images and conducted several interviews before receiving a search warrant Oct. 9.

Officers executed the warrant that same day at Biron’s 42 Pratt Court home in Manchester. A forensic search was completed on Biron’s computer and she was arrested later that day after investigators found the pornographic materials, according to Willard.

Willard said because officials believe the pornography was produced out of state, the investigation into its origin has been forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Kieran Ramsey, a special agent at the FBI’s New Hampshire office, declined to say yesterday whether his office is investigating Biron.

Ahead of an arraignment scheduled for Friday, Biron has been released on a $35,000 corporate surety bond, according to court documents. The charges against her are Class A felonies.

Biron recently served on the board of directors at a Manchester Christian school, according to the institution’s headmaster. Bob Carter, who leads Mount Zion Christian Schools, said Biron served two years on the board and left “at least a year ago.”

Biron, who records show was licensed in 2008 to practice law in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts, listed her employer in court documents as Donais Law Offices in Manchester. Craig Donais said yesterday that Biron has been employed with his firm since May and was placed on an indefinite suspension Oct. 10 pending the resolution of her criminal charges.

Janet DeVito, an assistant general counsel at the New Hampshire Supreme Court Attorney Discipline Office, said yesterday she cannot comment on investigations by her office but said Biron has no public complaints on her record.

She said in general an investigation can be triggered when a lawyer has been accused of breaking the rules of professional conduct or when an attorney is convicted of a serious crime.

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.

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

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