MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL
a division of the
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
Division of Drug and Crime Control- P.O. Box 568, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102
For further information please contact:
Sergeant Shawn Griggs
September 27, 2018
Cape Girardeau Man Arrested For Child Pornography
The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control announces the arrest of John F. Hinck, 67, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, for possession of child pornography. The arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Division of Drug and Crime Control’s Digital Forensics Investigative Unit. The Patrol was assisted by the Cape Girardeau Police Department.
On Wednesday, investigators executed a search warrant at Hinck’s residence located on Whitener Street, in Cape Girardeau. As a result of their search, investigators seized child pornography and computer equipment. Hinck was arrested and transported to the Cape Girardeau County Jail. The Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office formally charged Hinck with five counts of possession of child pornography. His bond was set at $100,000.
The Division of Drug and Crime Control encourages Internet users to report promptly to the Patrol or local law enforcement anyone who attempts to engage in unwanted, inappropriate, or sexualized communications with children. The Digital Forensics Investigative Unit is partially funded by the Missouri Department of Public Safety State Cyber Crime Grant and the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
The above charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of these charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
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