A Tustin man and his pal who moved to Tennessee face charges of sexually assaulting boys ages 7 to 11 whose images of sexual acts with the suspects were found on a computer flash drive by one victim's mother, according to authorities.
Jimmy Ernest Hutton, 24, who moved to Ooltewah, TN, after the photos were shot, is being extradited back to Orange County today after his arrest Tuesday by investigators from the Tustin Police Department, the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) and the Hamilton County, TN, Sheriff's Office.
Beginning in September 2008, Hutton's friend, Dustin James Elwood, 21, of Tustin, is accused of gaining access to the boys, who were family friends. He allegedly assaulted each boy sexually on more than one occasion and took at least one photograph of himself sexually assaulting one child, according to the OCDA.
In August, that victim's mother discovered the flash drive belonging to Elwood and and the pornographic photograph of him with her son, prosecutors say. The flash drive also contained several non-sexual shots of Elwood posing with as-of-yet unidentified children ranging in age from approximately 7 to 17 years old.
Because of those photos, and Elwood's employment at the time of his arrest with Sky High Sports, a Costa Mesa trampoline venue that caters to children, authorities are asking anyone with additional information or who thinks they have been a victim to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at 714.347.8794 or Tustin Police Department (TPD) detectives Pam Hardacre at 714.573.3248 or Sgt. Robert Wright at 714.573.3257.
It was TPD the mother contacted after finding the flash drive. Elwood was arrested on Aug. 23. He is charged with three felony counts of oral copulation of a minor, two felony counts of sodomy of a person under 18, two felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 for masturbation, one felony count each of oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child 10 years old or younger, sodomy of a person under 14, and possession and control of child pornography, and sentencing enhancement allegations for lewd acts on multiple children and substantial sexual conduct with a child.
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Held at Orange County Jail in ieu of $1 million bail before a Dec. 2 pre-trial hearing, Elwood faces a maximum sentence of 55 years to life in state prison if convicted on call charges.
During the investigation of Elwood, it was determined he had introduced the boys to his friend Hutton, who is accused of sexually assaulting two of them. He also alleged to have inappropriately hugged another 12-year-old boy with whom he was acquainted. Hutton had moved to Tennessee since these crimes were committed, according to the OCDA.
Hutton is charged with four felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 for masturbation and oral copulation, one felony count of attempted sodomy of a person under the age of 16, one misdemeanor count of child annoyance, and sentencing enhancement allegations for lewd acts on multiple children and substantial sexual conduct with a child.
Prosecutors are also seeking $1 million bail for Hutton, who could get 60 years to life in state prison if convicted of the charges against him. His arraignment is pending.