Walla Walla man to serve five years for child porn

Adam C. Hopkins pleaded guilty to four charges related to the discovery of pornography in June.

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WALLA WALLA -- A man who earlier pleaded guilty to four charges in connection with the discovery of child pornography in June was sentenced Thursday afternoon to five years in prison.

Adam C. Hopkins, 36, of 758 Edith Ave., was ordered to serve the standard-range term for the multiple offenses despite defense requests for a sentencing alternative that would reduce the time of incarceration and require sex offender treatment.

"I take full responsibility for my actions and I'm sorry for my mistakes," Hopkins told Superior Court Judge Donald W. Schacht in asking for the alternative before the prison sentence was imposed.

His attorney, Gail Siemers, echoed that sentiment. She said Hopkins -- who has learning disabilities and displays a passive nature -- is "really a good-hearted guy" and asked Schacht to give him an opportunity to serve jail time, then receive outpatient treatment.

But Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Joe Golden said Hopkins hadn't taken responsibility for the crimes until the court hearing they were attending. Schacht agreed, pointing out that when Hopkins pleaded guilty, he didn't admit guilt but acknowledged the prosecution has evidence that could convict him.

Schacht, who had reviewed presentence reports and evaluations, determined the alternative sentence would not be in the best interests of Hopkins or the community.

Schacht gave Hopkins credit for 127 days served in the County Jail and placed him on three years of community custody, a form of probation, when he's released from prison.

Hopkins pleaded guilty Aug. 30 to four counts of second-degree dealing in depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

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.

Hopkins was arrested and booked into jail.

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

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