Man must surrender passport to seek bond in child porn case

2014-01-09T11:45:00Z 2014-01-09T23:19:05Z Man must surrender passport to seek bond in child porn caseBob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com
January 09, 2014 11:45 am  • 

VALPARAISO | A South Haven man was told Thursday morning he will have to surrender his passport before bonding out of jail on allegations of using the Internet to download and distribute child pornography.

Vincent Hix, 48, of the 300 block of Keystone Drive, made an initial court appearance before Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper via a video conference call between the jail and courthouse.

Hix was arrested at his home Jan. 3 on allegations he used an Internet connection to distribute images and videos depicting child pornography, according to police.

A mobile forensic vehicle was used, and evidence was recovered during the on-scene forensic preview of digital devices and media, police said.

Hix is charged with C felony child exploitation and D felony possession of child pornography.

Bond is set for Hix at $20,000 cash, according to the court. He was granted a public defender.

Trial in the case was set for May 12, with preliminary hearings Feb. 25 and April 1.

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