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May 10, 2016 10:50 AM

Former Keene youth hockey coach indicted for falsifying evidence, identity fraud


KEENE - A grand jury has indicted a youth hockey coach from Troy following an investigation into alleged online chats that discussed sexual contact with a child.

The Keene Sentinel reported Henry Stebbins, 29, is charged with falsifying physical evidence and identity fraud. Stebbins previously coached one of the Keene Youth Hockey Club’s peewee teams, but was removed from the position following his arrest in February.

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Portsmouth alerted Keene Police to a person on the Internet site MeetMe.com engaging in online chats describing sexual contact with a child, the authorities said. The account user was later identified as Stebbins, according to Keene police.

During the next two months, Stebbins obtained an online account and family information from another person with the intent to pose as that person on MeetMe, prosecutors allege in indictments.

Keene Police executed a search warrant at Stebbins’ previous address on Cottage Street in Marlborough, and his current address on North Main Street in Troy in late February. Police followed him to Keene, where they found Stebbins had removed evidence — a cellular phone — from his home, police said. Stebbins had been told prior to the search what items investigators planned to seize from his home, and he was told not to go inside, according to court documents.

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