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Canadian officials arrest Tenn. man for child pornography

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A former Tennessee library worker is being held in a Canadian jail on child pornography charges, state and Canadian officials said.

Verpo Hawks, 45, of Coalfield, was charged with possession and smuggling child pornography after border agents found computer printouts in his van at a border crossing into New Brunswick, said Cpl. Jackie Basque of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Basque wouldn't say the amount of pornography that was found, saying, "I haven't been able to go through it all."

Hawks was arrested on Nov. 11, waived his right to bail and is being held in St. Stephens, New Brunswick. His trial is set for Dec. 19 and he will be provided free legal representation, if needed, Basque said.

Knoxville authorities are waiting on Canadian officials to send them a statement from Hawks so they can search his residence in Tennessee.

Morgan County Acting Library Board Chairman Ralph Erickson said Wednesday that Hawks was formerly a part-time employee of the Coalfield public library.

Morgan County Commissioner Wade Adcock said Hawks' arrest and his former employment with the library are not related.

Knoxville Police Department Sgt. Vincent Ayub, who is also commander of Tennessee's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, said he believes that Hawks may have been using computers at Roane State Community College and Pellissippi State Technical Community College to print out child pornography.

Officials at Roane State could not be reached late Wednesday afternoon. A Pellissippi State official told The Knoxville News Sentinel that Hawks is a member of the college's select choral ensemble.

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