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Big Island man indicted in child pornography case

A Big Island man was indicted by a federal grand jury in Honolulu on Wednesday on six counts of producing child pornography.

John Tucker, 56, allegedly used two minor children to produce six images of child pornography in 2008.

The case first came to the FBI's attention in 2010, when a series of photographs surfaced on the Internet that depicted a man, who sources confirmed as Tucker, engaging in graphic sexual acts with two pre-teenaged children, a girl and a boy. The photos were widely circulated among various illegal Internet forums for the sharing of child pornography.

Investigators for the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children enhanced one of the photos to develop an image of what appears to be a 2008 Hawaiian Telcom phone book for Hawaii's Big Island in the background. The image led investigators to believe that the photos were taken between 2008 and 2010. A desktop computer in the background of another photo leads investigators to conclude that the photo was likely not taken in a hotel room.

According to court documents, investigators were able to interview the boy and the girl, who identified themselves and Tucker in the photos. Investigators also spent much of yesterday afternoon and evening searching Tucker's home. Court documents say a computer seized in the search contained other images of child pornography.

The grand jury indictment contains six charges, each of which carries a minimum penalty of fifteen years in jail and up to thirty years of imprisonment, as well as a potential lifetime term of supervised release.

Tucker has been arrested and being held without bail.

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