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Former SCASD employee sentenced to 5-10 years for child pornography

Adam Hinton, who pleaded guilty to hundreds of counts of sexual abuse of children, was sentenced to five to 10 years in jail.
Adam Hinton, who pleaded guilty to hundreds of counts of sexual abuse of children, was sentenced to five to 10 years in jail. Centre Daily Times, file

A Taylor Township man who pleaded guilty to hundreds of counts of disseminating child pornography was sentenced by President Judge Thomas King Kistler to five to 10 years in jail, according to a release.

Adam Hinton must also register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, formerly known as Megan’s Law, for the rest of his life. He worked as a custodian at State College Area School District and resigned after he was arrested in June.

Troopers with the state police Computer Crime Unit executed a search warrant in late May at the South Eagle Valley Road home where he lived and found he was not there, according to court documents.

They met with Ferguson Township police officers in the parking lot of Radio Park Elementary School, where a vehicle matching Hinton’s was found. A laptop was in plain sight on the front passenger seat and troopers seized it as evidence, according to court documents.

Police suspected him of having and disseminating sexual images of children using the online file sharing software BitTorrent. A hard drive taken from Hinton’s computer contained 535 of the pictures, most of which depicted infants, according to the court documents.

More than 10,000 pornographic images of children being sexually abused were found on Hinton’s computer, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

“This was a horrific collection of child pornography that was amassed over a 10-year span,” District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said in the release. “The victims in these photos and videos are real children and people who collect and trade images of unspeakable acts of violence done to children present a real danger to our community.”

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli

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