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More charges possible in child pornography case

Vincent C. Hix is accused distributing child pornography. | Provided

Vincent C. Hix is accused of distributing child pornography. | Provided

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Updated: February 13, 2014 6:31AM



VALPARAISO — More charges are possible for a Valparaiso man accused of distributing at least 3,000 computer images of child porn.

In the meantime, Porter Superior Judge Mary Harper has set bail bond for Vincent Hix, 48, at $20,000 cash. Should he make bail, he’ll have to turn over his passport to the court.

Porter County Deputy Prosecutor Cheryl Polarek argued at Hix’s initial hearing Thursday that he is a flight risk because of his previous work in Africa and because his wife is waiting for a green card.

The additional charges depend on law enforcement finding a laptop Hix took to a doctor’s appointment in Indianapolis on Jan. 3.

That’s when members of the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children task forde and federal, state and local police served a search warrant at his mother’s Valparaiso home.

A task force official called Hix on his cellular phone while police were at his home and Hix was driving to Indianapolis. Someone at his home said Hix had taken a laptop with him, and Hix later told law enforcement that someone stole that laptop when he left it on the front seat during his appointment.

Hix faces up to eight years in prison on a Class C felony child exploitation charge and up to three years in prison on each of two Class D felony

Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children became aware of Hix when downloading potential child porn on Oct. 2 and Oct. 3.

The officer looked for file names of what he had found and discovered some came only from the Valparaiso Internet connection.

While searching Hix’s home on Jan. 3, police found a laptop running on a bit torrent network and multiple hard drives and thumb drives, including some with adult and child pornography.

One drive was labeled “Vincente.” Hix told officers he recently bought the drives at a thrift shop and didn’t know what was on them, court records state.



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