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July 23, 2008

Feds: Hindson corresponded with victims

Former KHS swim coach admits to online alias, approaches

INDIANAPOLIS — Brian Hindson told federal agents he wanted to be the “best voyeur” in an online community of individuals obsessed with child pornography. Now he faces up to 35 years in prison for his actions.

The former Kokomo High School swim coach formally pleaded guilty Wednesday to 16 felony counts of producing, distributing and possessing child pornography, charges that could put him in jail for the rest of his life when he’s sentenced Oct. 17.

Hindson’s plea was expected. He and federal prosecutors signed off on a plea agreement last month, and made his formal plea of guilty to all 16 charges in a hearing Wednesday before U.S. Southern District Court Judge Larry McKinney.

McKinney will decide Oct. 17 whether to accept or reject the plea agreement.

But Wednesday brought a new twist in the case, as prosecutors for the first time laid out all the evidence obtained against Hindson in a case that took more than two years to complete.

The bombshell came from FBI Special Agent Emily Odom, who testified under oath that Hindson did more than just secretly tape girls undressing in the locker rooms at Memorial Gym and the Kokomo High School South Campus.

Odom said Hindson also created an online alias and contacted five of his 11 victims in an attempt to solicit more revealing pictures from the underage girls.

Posing as a teenage male swimmer named “Matt Kennsington,” Hindson corresponded online with his victims, the girls he’d secretly taped.

One of the victims told Odom she’d been approached online by “Matt Kennsington,” who told the girl he’d seen her in her swimsuit, and the sight “made him think dirty thoughts,” Odom testified.

Hindson, posing as “Matt Kennsington,” also corresponded with one of the victims, who was 16 years old at the time, for more than a year, Odom said. The girl is identified in court records as “Jane Doe No. 4.”

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