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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' Half Brother Jailed for Child Porn

This Monday, Jan. 21, 2008 picture shows James Auchincloss. AP/The Medford Mail Tribune

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' Half Brother  Arrested on Child Porn
James Auchincloss (AP/The Medford Mail Tribune)

MEDFORD, Ore. (CBS/AP) James Auchincloss, the half brother of the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, was jailed Wednesday after admitting to possessing child pornography.

The 63-year-old Auchincloss allegedly had images of naked boys on his computer and pleaded guilty to two felony counts of encouraging child sex abuse.

Auchincloss, who as a boy carried the wedding train of his half-sister up the aisle as she married John F. Kennedy, was sentenced Wednesday, to serve 30 days in jail concurrently on each count, as part of three years of supervised probation.

In addition, Auchincloss registered as a sex offender and agreed to go through treatment, in which he is not to have unauthorized contact with minors.

He was indicted a year ago on 25 counts after his longtime personal assistant, Edward McManus, told authorities that he witnessed Auchincloss and co-defendant Dennis Vickoren looking at pictures of naked boys in sexual poses at Auchincloss' home in Ashland, Ore.

Vickoren, 58, also pleaded guilty to two counts Wednesday and received the same sentence as Auchincloss.

But according to McManus, the sentences are not befitting of the crimes. Outside of the courtroom McManus said the sentence was "not enough."

"I do not feel justice was served, nor was it swift," he said. "I thought I would feel differently today. I thought I would have a sense of closure. I am disappointed."

A dissatisfied McManus made sure to indicate that the sentencing came two years after he notified authorities of Auchincloss and Vickoren's extensive collection of child pornography, which they kept in books, slides and computer files at Auchincloss' hillside bungalow.

Defense attorney Carl Caplan told the judge that none of the photos displayed any sexual acts. According to Caplan, Auchincloss and Vickoren "did not realize they were operating in the world of child pornography."

In a statement, which Caplan read, Auchincloss apologized to his victims and claimed his acts to be unacceptable and stupid.

"I will do whatever is necessary to prove to them and society that I will be a better person," Caplan read.


  • Naimah Jabali-Nash

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