Auchincloss back in jail

Ashland resident James Auchincloss is back in Jackson County Jail over alleged probation violations related to his felony child sex abuse convictions.

Auchincloss, 64, pleaded guilty in August 2010 to the two felony counts for having images on his computer of naked boys. He was originally sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years of post-prison supervision. Auchincloss was arrested Tuesday and lodged in jail, where he is being held without bail until a hearings officer decides his fate, said Nate Gaoiran, program manager of the sex offender unit for Jackson County Community Justice.

"He was arrested yesterday by our office," he said.

Auchincloss had no new charges pending, Gaoiran said. But he added Auchincloss had violated his supervision conditions and "so we took some action," he said.

"We're alleging that he violated one of his conditions of his post-prison supervision," Gaoiran said, adding he would not comment specifically on Auchincloss' actions related to the alleged violation.

Gaoiran said he did not know how long Auchincloss would remain in jail on the latest alleged violations. Sanctions can run from zero to 90 days, he said.

"Anything over 90 days and you have to have a new criminal conviction," Gaoiran said.

As part of a negotiated plea agreement with Jackson County prosecutors, Auchincloss acknowledged possessing and distributing photographs of prepubescent children, images prosecutors described as lewd and lascivious in nature.

Auchincloss, the half-brother of the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, has been ordered to stay away from children and undergo sex-offender treatment and complete a court-ordered evaluation, which includes polygraph testing and group therapy. He must also be registered as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Probation officers have gone to court three times to say he has failed to comply with the treatment, or follow the conditions of his parole. As a result, Auchincloss has faced additional jail time.

He was arrested in December after he failed to report all of his behavior to his sex offender treatment group and disclosed that he had been negligent just before a scheduled polygraph test. In March he was placed on home detention after being kicked out of the treatment program. In June, Jackson County Circuit Judge Tim Gerking revoked his probation, saying Auchincloss had denied the crimes and was denying he needed therapy for his pornography addiction.

Gerking gave Auchincloss eight months in jail for each of two felony counts of encouraging child sexual abuse. Gerking allowed the sentences to run concurrently and gave Auchincloss credit for 51/2 months already served.

Now that Auchincloss has had his probation revoked, the courts no longer have jurisdiction over his case — unless new charges are filed, Gaoiran said.

"Now any kind of violation goes before a hearings officer and not before the court," he said.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Sanne Specht at 541-776-4497 or e-mail sspecht@mailtribune.com.

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