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Auchincloss to plead guilty to sex abuse felonies in plea deal

 Posted: 9:05 AM August 13, 2010

Ashland resident James Auchincloss, half brother of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, will plead guilty Wednesday to two felony counts of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse as part of a plea deal to avoid trial, the Jackson County district attorney's office said today.

Co-defendant Dennis Vickoren of Eagle Point will plead guilty to two felony counts of the same crime, said Deputy District Attorney David Hoppe.

The hearing will take place at 11 a.m. before Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Mark Schiveley.

Scott Clay, a former Jacksonville city planner, will plead guilty at 11 a.m. today to one count of second-degree encouraging child sexual abuse, Hoppe said.

Auchincloss was indicted on 25 felony counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in August 2009 and initially pleaded not guilty to the charges. Vickoren, a former Rogue Valley Transportation District bus driver, was indicted on 30 felony counts and also initially pleaded not guilty.

In the summer of 2008 Ashland police began investigating Auchincloss and Vickoren in connection with child porn. That October police searched Auchincloss and Vickoren's homes and found graphic images of young boys, according to search warrant affidavits.

Police have said they believe Clay, Auchincloss and Vickoren all traded the images.

Because of a backlog of computer crime cases, the task force took more than eight months to analyze the 48 pieces of electronic equipment seized.

—Hannah Guzik


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