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Quincy man pleads Not Guilty to Child porn charges, to go on trial in May

Quincy man pleads Not Guilty to Child porn charges, to go on trial in May

2 months, 1 week ago by Scott Hardy

Jonathan Hoats entered plea Tuesday in Adams County Circuit Court

A Quincy man, arrested as part of a child sexual abuse and pornography investigation, has pleaded Not Guilty and will go on trial in May.

Jonathan Hoats was in Adams County Circuit Court Tuesday, where he pleaded Not Guilty to three counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a victim under 13, and one count of Child Pornography. He's set to go on trial starting May 13th. Hoats was indicted on the charges in late February by an Adams County Grand Jury. Prosecutors allege the incidents happened in July 2016, July 2017 and last August. They say that in 2018, Hoats shared a residence in the 900 block of Joshua Street with Martin Wiskur, who was arrested last November on similar child porn charges. Prosecutors say that after Wiskur's arrest, the QPD continued to investigate if any other children may have been victims. They say that a child under 13 was identified, and alleged abuse by Hoats. Police also say some of the alleged abuse happened at the home on Joshua Street.

Hoats is in the Adams County Jail on $200,000 bond. If convicted on all four counts, he could face from 24 to 120 years in prison.

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