NASHUA — A woman with a self-stated career in adult films and a prior felony conviction was arrested on Jan. 10, accused of sexually assaulting a minor and producing child sexual abuse imagery.
Emily Iris Leduc, 30, previously of McKean Street, faces charges including misdemeanor sexual assault, felony manufacture of child sexual abuse images, and two counts of felony felonious sexual assault on a victim aged 13 to 15.
The investigation into Leduc began after Nashua police received a crimeline tip on Dec. 7 from a woman alleging that Leduc had sexually assaulted a teenage boy and recorded the act.
The tipster provided detailed information about the incident.
A subsequent tip on Dec. 17 included claims that the video had been sent to a relative of the victim.
Detectives met with the boy’s family on Dec. 20, where it was revealed that Leduc, dating a family member, was staying at their Amherst Street apartment.
Family members who had viewed the video confirmed the victim’s identity, which was recorded in the apartment.
The 15-year-old boy disclosed to a family member that Leduc initiated contact while he was sleeping and convinced him that the encounter was acceptable.
The investigation uncovered at least three alleged encounters with the boy in 2023.
The boy was unaware of the recording until informed by a relative and denied making the video himself.
A detective later identified Leduc in the video, which lasted nearly five minutes, using prior booking photos.
Further inquiry led to an interview with Leduc’s former boyfriend, who discovered “several concerning videos” on Leduc’s cellphone, including one of the boy.
He estimated the recording occurred between March and April 2023.
A warrant for Leduc’s arrest was issued on Jan. 2, and she was apprehended eight days later.
A search of her stored belongings yielded electronic devices that the police’s computer forensic unit is analyzing.
In an interview, Leduc initially denied the allegations and later suggested she was coerced by her ex-boyfriend, who she claimed filmed the act and later used it for blackmail.
She also alluded to text messages implicating her ex-boyfriend but did not provide further evidence.
Released on $1,500 cash bail on Jan. 11, Leduc is scheduled for a probable cause hearing on Thursday.
If convicted, she could face up to 25 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum of 10 years, in addition to fines.
Leduc’s felony record stems from a March 2020 incident where she was charged with reckless conduct-deadly weapon after firing a gun into the air on Pine Street.
She pleaded guilty in May 2021, receiving a 12-month suspended sentence and a year of probation.