Friday, February 1, 2008

Hailey man faces child-porn charges

Federal indictment follows alleged attempted kidnapping

Express Staff Writer

Bradford Truman Hines

A 36-year-old Hailey man has been charged with possession of child pornography following his arrest in Nevada last November for allegedly trying to kidnap a 9-year-old girl.

Bradford Truman Hines was indicted by a federal grand jury in Nevada on Dec. 19 on the charge for allegedly having child pornography images on his laptop computer at the time of his arrest in Jackpot, Nev., on Nov. 1.

Hines is also being investigated in Blaine County for possible possession of child pornography.

The Elko County District Attorney's Office in Nevada told the Idaho Mountain Express on Thursday that Hines is currently in custody after being arrested in Washington on a federal warrant out of Nevada. Further details on the arrest were not immediately available.

The investigation against Hines started in Jackpot when he allegedly tried to entice the girl into his car. The Elko Daily Free Press reported in its Nov. 5, 2007, edition that the girl was near a school, that she fled and immediately and told an adult who contacted the Elko County Sheriff's Office.

Hines was arrested shortly after the alleged kidnap attempt and a laptop computer was seized from his vehicle. He was later released after posting $5,000 bond.

Elko County Deputy District Attorney Hiliary Wilson said Hines has not been charged with attempted kidnapping but that the charge is still pending.

"Right now we're just sitting back and waiting to see what happens on the federal level," she said.

Natalie Collins, a spokeswoman for the Nevada U.S. Attorney's Office, said Hines will be arraigned in federal court on the child pornography charge after he is transported to Nevada.

The federal indictment alleges that Hines "did knowingly possess a computer hard drive, disks and other materials that contained three or more images of child pornography that have been mailed or shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce."

Nevada police and court records list a Hailey address for Hines, but he reportedly lives in the East Fork area.

The Blaine County Sheriff's Office is working with Elko County and federal authorities in a local investigation against Hines. Sheriff's Detective Steve Harkins said that a work computer used by Hines is being analyzed to determine if it contains "any illegal Internet material."

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