Police: Pelham Man Sought Sex with ‘child’
NASHUA -- A Pelham man who allegedly traveled to Nashua on Monday evening expecting to meet up with a “child” he spoke with online was instead met by police.
Michael Soby, 59, of 9 Marie Ave., is charged with one count of certain uses of computer services prohibited, a Class B felony that carries up to seven years in prison, exclusive of fines.
According to police, officers in the Criminal Investigation Division on Friday conducted an investigation into a man who believed he was communicating with a child for the purpose of sexual contact on a social media website, and developed Soby as a suspect. Soby was arrested the same day at 5:15 p.m. after allegedly traveling to Nashua to meet with the “child.”
An hour and a half earlier, Nashua police also arrested Jean Yazbek, 63, of Norwood, Mass., on the same charge under similar circumstances. Police had begun communicating with Yazbek six days earlier.
Soby and Yazbek were each released on $500 cash bail pending their Oct. 18 arraignments at Hillsboro County Superior Court -- South.
Police ask anyone with information about these two men having inappropriate contact or communication with minor children to contact Detective Caleb Gilbert at the Nashua Police Department at 603-594-3500 or leave anonymous tips at the Nashua Crime Line at 603-589-1665.
The Nashua Police Department is affiliated with the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
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