Evaluation ordered for man in child-porn case

Adam C. Hopkins is charged with 10 counts of possessing child pornography.

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WALLA WALLA -- A mental evaluation has been ordered for a man accused of possessing child pornography in June.

Adam C. Hopkins, 35, of 758 Edith Ave., will undergo the evaluation by Eastern State Hospital personnel to determine his sanity, competency to stand trial and his ability to assist in his defense. Walla Walla County Superior Court Judge Donald W. Schacht signed the order late last week at the request of Hopkins' attorney, Gail Siemers.

Hopkins is charged with 10 counts of possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. But Siemers wrote in a declaration filed in court that Hopkins seems not to understand why he is in jail and believes the charges stem from a conspiracy.

Siemers added that Hopkins claims to have a type of organic brain dysfunction including short-term memory loss, appears not to remember previous discussions, displays marked paranoia about sex offenders and expresses suicidal tendencies.

Police said a family member attending a gathering at Hopkins' home June 20 discovered several photos of child pornography -- including pictures of girls younger than 3 years old -- stored on a media card from Hopkins' cell phone. Hopkins had given the card to the female relative to use in her phone.

She was surprised and showed other family members, who "saw several images of nude young females, to include one of a nude female sitting on the lap of an adult nude male," according to a police report filed in court.

The relatives left with the media card and turned it over to police.

Police served a search warrant at Hopkins' residence three days later, seized his cell phone and laptop computer, and in his bedroom discovered a white envelope containing "magazine cut outs and pictures of dozens of infants and small children, all nude," the police report says. Many of those images don't appear to be recent.

Hopkins reportedly gave conflicting statements during a later interview with a police detective and became physically uncooperative, according to officials. He was arrested and booked into the County Jail.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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