A Manchester lawyer took a teenage
girl to Canada, had her engage in sexual activity and convinced her to
let it be filmed, according to federal indictments.
FBI agents swiftly arrested Lisa Biron
yesterday morning as she awaited a hearing on child pornography charges
at Manchester’s district court. About 9 a.m. FBI agents entered the
courtroom, told Biron to leave her belongings and took her into an
adjoining conference room where she remained for several minutes before
coming out in handcuffs.
Outside, Biron ducked her head below the backseat window of a white vehicle as it was driven away from the courthouse.
A few hours later in U.S. District Court
in Concord, Biron, who is associated with a national coalition of
Christian lawyers, was formally told of the federal charges against her:
transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity,
possession of child pornography and five counts of sexual exploitation
Judge Landya McCafferty decided to detain
Biron yesterday, largely, she said, because she is believed to have
broken most of the bail conditions imposed on the district-level
A judge there ordered Biron last month to
use her computer only for work, not possess weapons and have no contact
with the teenage girl in the five videos and two pictures found on her
The no-contact order was the only condition Biron appears to have honored, prosecutor Helen Fitzgibbon told McCafferty.
Fitzgibbon said since her release, Biron
posted an advertisement on Craigslist, the same listing service where
she met the individual who ultimately tipped off the Manchester police
about the pornography on her computer.
And when Biron was arrested yesterday,
she told FBI agents who were preparing to search her home that they
would find a loaded pistol under her mattress. Agents didn’t find that
gun, but they did find 200 rounds of ammunition in Biron’s home,
Fitzgibbon said yesterday.
That was enough evidence for the judge,
who said that while she didn’t consider Biron a flight risk, she was
concerned her release would be dangerous for the community.
McCafferty told Biron she was “not at all comfortable” she would abide by new bail conditions if released.
“There is evidence that you at least thought you had a loaded gun under your mattress,” McCafferty said.
She told Biron the evidence was “extremely troubling,” considering her career as a lawyer.
In making her case that Biron should be held, Fitzgibbon 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.”
∎ Biron has asked people to lie to law enforcement about her case.
∎ Other juveniles have been subjected to Biron’s sexual activity and drug use.
Biron’s appointed lawyer, Jim Moir, asked
the judge to consider her lack of criminal history when weighing her
release. He said Biron has lived in New Hampshire for more than 40
years. And he said she has willfully appeared at all of her court
appearances on the district-level pornography charges.
“She’s had plenty of time to flee already,” Moir said. “She has not.”
He also noted that Biron was ordered by a judge to relinquish her passport last month.
The district court charges, seven counts of possessing child pornography, were filed against Biron on Oct. 9.
The police began investigating Biron
about a week before that when a man came into the Manchester Police
Department and reported that he had seen pornography on her computer,
according to Captain Nick Willard. 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
after investigators found the pornographic materials, according to
Biron was scheduled for a probable cause
hearing yesterday where a judge would have weighed whether there was
enough evidence for the case to be forwarded to Hillsborough County
Biron’s appointed lawyer on those charges had filed to waive the hearing just before the FBI agents took her into custody.
The federal charges against Biron are
scheduled for trial in January. If convicted, she faces 10 years to life
in prison on the transportation charge and 15 years to life in prison
on each of the exploitation of children charges.
Records show Biron became a lawyer in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts in 2008.
Biron was briefly associated with the
Donais Law Offices in Manchester before her arrest; she is now on an
Biron is associated 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.” In Concord, she worked with the ADF in defending a
Pentecostal Church on Mountain Road in its tax fight against the city.
She recently served on the board of
directors at Mount Zion Christian Schools in Manchester, according to
the school’s headmaster.
On Biron’s Facebook page, which was taken down in recent weeks, she had listed the Bible as her favorite book.
(Tricia L. Nadolny can be reached at 369-3306 or firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @tricia_nadolny.)