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Auchincloss case in DA's hands

Review process could last for several weeks
 Posted: 1:30 PM July 09, 2009

The Ashland Police Department delivered its child porn investigation involving Ashland resident James Auchincloss to the Jackson County District Attorney's office on Wednesday afternoon, the police chief said.

Authorities dropped off a 4-inch-thick binder containing the details of the case at the District Attorney's office shortly after 1 p.m., Police Chief Terry Holderness said.

"We sent a report that included everything relevant to the case," he said.

Police had been investigating Auchincloss, half-brother to the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Eagle Point resident Dennis Vickoren since last August.

Detectives believe the two men may have encouraged child sexual abuse by being in possession of graphic child pornography, according to police statements in search warrant affidavits.

Neither Auchincloss nor Vickoren returned calls seeking comment.

A 120-page report from the Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force, which analyzed electronic equipment seized at Auchincloss' and Vickoren's homes, was included in the binder, Holderness said.

Holderness declined to comment further on the details of the case.

Calls to the District Attorney's Office were referred to District Attorney Mark Huddleston, who could not immediately be reached.

The District Attorney's Office will review the case and decide whether or not to take it to a grand jury, a process that could take several weeks, Holderness said.

"It's not something that the DA's going to get done real quick," he said.

Contact staff writer Hannah Guzik at 482-3456 ext. 226 or hguzik@dailytidings.com.


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