Eagle Point resident Dennis Vickoren, who was indicted along with Ashland resident James Auchincloss on felony encouraging child sexual abuse charges, pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he had disseminated, duplicated and possessed child pornography.
Dennis Vickoren, who was indicted along with Ashland resident James Auchincloss on felony encouraging child sexual abuse charges, pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he had disseminated, duplicated and possessed child pornography.
Vickoren entered the plea in a 9 a.m. arraignment hearing in Jackson County Circuit Court in Medford, according to Deputy District Attorney David Hoppe.
A grand jury indicted the 58-year-old Eagle Point man in August on 30 felony counts of encouraging child sexual abuse.
Vickoren was released after the hearing Thursday without having to serve jail time or post bail after he agreed to have no contact with minors, not leave the state without permission from the court and to adhere to other standard release procedures, Hoppe said.
Auchincloss, half brother of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, was indicted on 25 felony counts of encouraging child sexual abuse last month. He was released after his arraignment hearing Tuesday under the same conditions as Vickoren.
A pre-trial hearing for both cases has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 26.
It's possible that the Jackson County District Attorney's Office and the defense attorneys will strike plea deals before the pre-trial conference, in which case the cases would not go to trial, Hoppe said.
Vickoren was involved in the public access show "Wilde Life," which aired on RVTV Channels 15 and 93. Vickoren produced the show, which dealt with gay issues and was hosted by Scott Clay, 55, who has been charged with possession and distribution of child pornography in a separate case.
Last summer Ashland police began investigating Auchincloss and Vickoren in connection with child porn. In October police searched Auchincloss and Vickoren's homes and found graphic images of young boys, according to search warrant affidavits.
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.
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