Man pleads guilty to hundreds of child porn counts

A Port Matilda man pleaded guilty Monday to possession of child pornography.

According to a news release, Adam Hinton, 25, was arrested in June on charges of possessing and disseminating child pornography. He was observed by police over a three-month investigation sharing videos and images via a peer-to-peer internet software.

Upon investigation of his computer, police discovered “scores” of pornographic images and videos of children younger than age 13, the release said. Charges were filed immedaitely.

Hinton pleaded guilty to 800 counts of sexual abuse of children and three counts of criminal use of a communication facility, the release said. Sentencing will take place on Dec. 17.

He will also be assessed by the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board to determine whether he qualifies as a sexually violent predator, the release said. He will also be required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act for the rest of his life.

“This was one of the worst child pornography cases we have ever seen and we believe the sentence is appropriate for the volume and content of the images,” District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said in the release.