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Big Island man pleads not guilty to child porn

By AUDREY McAVOY
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A Pahoa man has pleaded not guilty in federal court to producing child pornography.

U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Kevin Chang on Friday set a trial date for John Ridgely Tucker for Feb. 12.

Tucker is accused of enticing two children to produce six images of child pornography in 2008.

The U.S. Attorney's office says each charge carries a minimum penalty of 15 years in jail and up to 30 years in prison.

The 56-year-old bed & breakfast operator was arrested and charged earlier this month after the FBI distributed a photo of a suspect and asked the public for help in finding him.

Tucker's attorney, Brian DeLima, told reporters after the arrest that suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

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