Facebook conversations with teen girl land Walpole man with felony luring charge

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - Sexting conversations over Facebook Messenger between a 22-year-old New Hampshire paper mill worker and a 14-year-old girl in Vermont have resulted in a felony charge being filed.

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    Christopher Bell, 22, of Walpole, New Hampshire pleaded innocent to a single count of attempting to lure a child into engaging in a sexual act before he was released from the courthouse on pre-trial conditions, including a court order not to have contact with minors while his case is pending.

    Earlier this year, the parents of the girl brought screenshots of a sexually charged exchange, in which Bell allegedly asked the teen for an explicit photo of herself, to the attention of the Vermont State Police, Trooper Christopher Blais wrote in an affidavit filed with the court.

    Trooper Blais wrote that when he and an investigator from the Vermont Department of Children and Families went to speak with Bell he cooperated with their inquiry and “admitted that at times the conversations (with the teen) got out of control and became sexual in nature.  Bell advised that he knew that (she) was 14 years old.  Bell advised that at one point he had asked (her) for a photo and she declined.”

    Bell faces a maximum potential penalty of up to five years in jail if he were to be convicted of the felony luring charge now pending against him.

Vermont News can be contacted at vermontnews802@gmail.com

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