Jackie Onassis' half brother indicted on child porn charges

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The half brother to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis has been indicted on felony charges of possessing child pornography in Oregon.

James Auchincloss was indicted by a Jackson County grand jury in Medford on 25 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse resulting from the alleged duplication and possession of child pornography.

A co-defendant, Dennis Lee Vickoren, was indicted on 30 separate felony counts of encouraging child sexual abuse by possession and duplication of child pornography.

Auchincloss' attorney, Carl Caplan of Medford, did not immediately return phone messages.

Deputy District Attorney David Hoppe said no arraignment had been scheduled for Auchincloss or Vickoren.

Hoppe said Vickoren did not have an attorney and would be sent a letter notifying him of the charges. No phone listing for Vickoren, of Eagle Point, could be found.

Hoppe said a plea bargain is typical in cases involving the charges against Auchincloss, and Auchincloss likely would remain free pending resolution of the case.

Hoppe noted that Auchincloss is not charged with any production, sale or distribution of child pornography -- only possession and duplication -- meaning that he may not have to serve any jail time if convicted.

"For someone who has no criminal history, such as Mr. Auchincloss, it's possible that probation is available to them," Hoppe said.

Auchincloss was just 6 years old when he carried the wedding train of his half sister Jackie up the aisle as she married John F. Kennedy in 1953.

Last October, police searched his home in Ashland, a college town on the California border. Affidavits supporting the warrants said a large number of graphic images of young boys were seized.

Investigators said the delay in presenting evidence to a grand jury was caused by a backlog of computer crime cases at the forensics laboratory serving Southern Oregon.

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