Man charged with raping girl, 6, and possession of child pornography

2014-03-28T16:25:00Z 2014-04-03T10:46:05Z Man charged with raping girl, 6, and possession of child pornographyGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
March 28, 2014 4:25 pm  • 

A man made an initial court appearance Friday on 22 charges alleging he repeatedly raped a 6-year-old girl and had child pornography depicting at least 18 victims.

James Hubert Hopkins, 44, appeared on the charges in Yellowstone County Justice Court. He faces four felony counts of sexual intercourse without consent and 18 counts of sexual abuse of children.

Judge Pro Tem Michele Sullivan set Hopkins’ bond at $250,000, told him to have no contact with any children, including his own, and to undergo GPS monitoring if he posts bail.

Charging documents indicate that the case against Hopkins has been under investigation since November 2012, when a woman reported she had learned her 6-year-old daughter had been sexually assaulted.

The woman reported that Hopkins and his wife, Kimberly Hopkins, had baby-sat the alleged victim between May and November 2012.

In an interview with police, Hopkins denied having any kind of sexual contact with the girl.

Police executed a search warrant at his residence and recovered a cellphone, digital camera, video camera and other electronic storage devices.

Forensic analysis of Hopkins’ phone and the phone’s memory card revealed 166 photos of the alleged 6-year-old victim. Investigators also found 377 images “that may have constituted child pornography” on the memory card, court records say.

Court records say the photos were processed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which identified the victims as children from all over the world. The 18 counts of sexual abuse of children stem from photos of 18 children from at least 11 states, according to an affidavit.

The U.S. Marshals Montana Violent Offender Task Force received the warrant for Hopkins’ arrest on Thursday and learned he was living in the Shepherd area, according to Rod Ostermiller, Montana’s chief deputy U.S. marshal.

Task force members watched him drive away from that home and, with Billings police, stopped the vehicle in Billings and took Hopkins into custody without incident at about 6 p.m.

Hopkins is scheduled to enter pleas on the 22 charges Thursday in Yellowstone County District Court.

Court records state the rape charges are punishable by 100 years in prison, and that the court may not suspend or defer the first 25 years of that sentence.

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