Auburn man sentenced to 7 years in prison in child porn case

Staff writerJune 17, 2014 

An Auburn man was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison for distributing images of children being sexually assaulted, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Hank Hirst, 39, pleaded guilty to the charge in February, eight months after his arrest. The judge also sentenced him to 25 years of supervised release and ordered him to register as a sex offender.

Hirst lived less than a block from an elementary school. When police searched his home, they found 2,700 child pornography images and 447 videos. He also had a 170-page manual about pedophilia and how to groom children for sexual abuse and videos on his computer he’d taken of children playing in his neighborhood. Police began investigating Hirst after he emailed a video of a toddler being raped by a man to somebody in Ohio, according to court records.

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