Previously Convicted Sex Offender Pleads Guilty To Transporting Child Pornography

Wednesday, at the United States District Court in Albany, Dennis Lavigne, 47, of Vermont, pled guilty to attempting to coerce and entice a minor to engage in sexual acts with him and to transporting child pornography.

Lavigne, a registered sex offender who was previously convicted in Vermont of aggravated sexual assault of a victim under the age of 10, between November 19-24, 2019, exchanged sexually explicit text messages with an undercover officer posing as the mother of an 11-year-old child.  

In these messages, Lavigne expressed a desire to engage in sexually explicit conduct with the child and on November 24, 2019, he traveled from Vermont to Albany, with the intent to engage in sexual acts with the purported 11-year-old child.  

Lavigne was subsequently arrested and further admitted to transporting child pornography files, which law enforcement officials recovered from Lavigne’s phone.  

Many of the child pornography files featured the rape and sexual abuse of prepubescent minors, including infants.

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