Search warrant: ACU student had access to dozens of files of 'child exploitation material'

Jacob Hutchison (Taylor County Jail)

A tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children led Abilene and ACU police to a student accused of distributing child porn from his dorm room.

Jacob Hutchison, 20, was arrested Wednesday and charged with distribution and possession of child pornography.

The NCMEC contacted Abilene police on Jan. 6 about three IP addresses used to access a Dropbox account on multiple occasions.

According to the search warrant, 24 files of "child exploitation material" were uploaded to the Dropbox account on Dec. 16.

Police said they viewed several of the files including one of two young females. One of the little girls was naked. The other was wearing pajamas. Both were pictured with a naked adult male.

APD then contacted ACU police because the IP addresses came back to the ACU network.

Each ACU student has a unique username and password to log on to the network.

According to the warrant, ACU police used that log-in information to trace the IP addresses back to Hutchison's off-campus dorm room.

Officers from both agencies served the warrant at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday at Hutchison's room at Smith-Adams Hall.

They seized a cell phone and laptop.

In addition to Dropbox, police said they believe Hutchison used social media apps like KiK, TikToc and SnapChat to distribute the graphic pictures.

They think he targeted those apps due to their popularity with teens.

Hutchison was released on $30,000 bond.

An ACU spokesperson tells KTXS that Hutchison is no longer enrolled at ACU or living in the dorm.

KTXS reached out to Abilene police to find out what parents can do to protect their kids when using these apps.

Sgt. Jason Haak with APD's Cyber Crimes Unit said:

  • Monitor what apps you children are using
  • Pay attention to what your kids are actually doing on these apps and who they are communicating with
  • Take away the smart phone and give them flip phones. Too many parents find this to be the best practice after it's too late.

"The biggest thing for parents to know is that if there is a popular app for children then there is no doubt child predators are on there as well seeking out your children," said Haak.

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