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Pa. man pleads guilty to child-porn charge

June 13, 1998

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

A 50-year-old Waynesboro, Pa., man is looking at the possibility of spending one year in prison and being fined up to $2,500 in connection with child pornography items he had stashed in a Hagerstown self-storage bin.

James Vincent Hughes Jr., of 7659 Mentzer Gap Road, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of possession of child pornography.

Judge Noel Spence ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set a sentencing date of Aug. 6. Hughes is out on $10,000 bond.

Three additional child pornography charges were dropped Thursday because there was no evidence to prove they had been committed in Maryland. They included soliciting, permitting and filming child pornography, according to court records.

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Maryland State Police executed a search and seizure warrant on the storage bin at 19764 Longmeadow Road in mid February and recovered pornographic photos and evidence, according to court records.

The investigation, conducted by Trooper First Class R.T. Bachtell, revealed there was one victim who had been photographed during the 1980s when she was a child, police said.

That girl, now 25, was the subject of 134 Polaroid pictures found in the locker. The nude pictures depicted the girl in a variety of positions, court records said.

When confronted, Hughes admitted taking the pictures about 15 years ago, court records said.

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