Auburn man accused of possessing, distributing child pornography at residence near elementary school

Staff writerOctober 23, 2013 

An Auburn man who lives next to an elementary school was arrested Tuesday and accused in federal court of possessing and distributing child pornography, according to court records.

Hank Hirst had his first appearance in U.S. District Court Tuesday.

According to a complaint filed Tuesday:

During an Oct. 2012 investigation, federal agents found emails sent and received by Hirst exchanging depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

After reviewing subpoenaed Internet company records, agents made contact with Hirst in April, and searched his home in June.

They found more than 3,000 image and video files that appeared to be child pornography, according to the complaint.

An attorney for Hirst was not immediately reachable Wednesday night.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268

The News Tribune is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service