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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Charges filed in child pornography case

  • Charges were filed against Harry Van Hopper of Tecumseh Thursday afternoon.
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  • Charges were filed against Harry Van Hopper of Tecumseh Thursday afternoon.
     
    Hopper was arrested Sept. 27 after a search of his home Sept. 26, Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney said.
     
    Tecumseh Police assisted the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, after the inspection service received complaints about Hopper allegedly receiving child pornography through the mail, Kidney said.
     
    The two charges against Hopper include aggravated possession of child pornography and possession of child pornography. Both counts are felonies. If found guilty, Hopper could be sentenced to life imprisonment.
     
    Because the evidence was sent through the mail, it could be a federal offense, Kidney said.
     
    “There is a strong possibility that these charges may be transferred to federal court,” he said.
     
    But Tecumseh police decided to search his house and arrest him to “get him off the streets,” Kidney said.
     
    Evidence found at the residence included photos of young boys in the nude engaged in sexual acts, Kidney said.
     
    He estimated the boys were likely between 10 and 12 years old.
     
    While charges have been filed, Hopper has bonded out of jail with a $250,000 bond. No other hearings are currently scheduled.
     
    “It’s still under investigation,” Kidney said.
     
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