Former officer pleads guilty: Hughes to be sentenced on incest charge in March

2013-01-08T06:00:00Z 2014-08-15T18:58:09Z Former officer pleads guilty: Hughes to be sentenced on incest charge in MarchBy DYLAN WOOLF HARRIS — dharris@elkodaily.com Elko Daily Free Press

ELKO — Despite facing the possibility of life in prison, Aaron Hughes pleaded guilty Monday to incest and will avoid a public trial and additional charges.

The 40-year-old former Elko police captain matter-of-factly admitted in court to having sex with a female relative.

“I entered into an act of fornication with a relative,” Hughes told District Judge Nancy Porter.

Hughes was arrested on a warrant in 2008 after Sheriff’s deputies confiscated a sexually explicit video involving Hughes and a 17-year-old female relative downloaded from a computer. He was charged with using a minor in the production of pornography and incest.

The pornography charge was dismissed in 2009 by the late District Judge Andrew Puccinelli because, Hughes’ prior defense counsel argued, the legal definition of “minor” at times applies to people younger than the age of 16. The Nevada Supreme Court ruled in 2011 that for pornography-related crimes, “minor” applied to anyone under the age of 18, however, and sent the case back to district court.

Per the plea agreement, District Attorney Mark Torvinen agreed to drop the pornography charge Monday morning. For the purpose of a future appeal, the defense stipulated in the agreement it reserved the right to argue against Porter’s decision not to suppress pieces of evidence.

The judge will have few options when sentencing Hughes on March 25. By statute, defendants guilty of incest are to be sentenced to life in prison with parole eligibility after two years. However, Hughes will under go a pycho-sexual evaluation and if he’s deemed to be low risk for repeating the offense, he could be given probation instead of prison time.

He will also be required to have lifetime supervision and register as a sex offender.

In August 2008, Hughes was arrested on a charge of grand larceny after being accused of trying to steal ATVs and equipment from the Jerritt Canyon mine site. The larceny charge is a separate case on which no action is scheduled at this time.

Before Hughes changed his plea, District Judge Nancy Porter ruled, Monday, on whether a number of emails the DA had submitted for evidence would be suppressed. A few of the emails were admitted, Porter said. The judge also said in court she hadn’t made a decision prior to the change of plea whether all of the video would be admitted to evidence or only portions of it.

Hughes is released on bail. Porter said the defendant had attended all hearings and she didn’t believe a revocation of bail was necessary.

He began working for the Elko Police Department in 1995 and attained the rank of captain before resigning in September 2008.

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  1. passedupnews
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    passedupnews - January 10, 2013 8:35 am
    What else is funny with this case is the sentencing video(s) will make a perfect response video to the Michelle Lynn Taylor sentencing video on youtube. They make good contrast videos of judicial inequity in the same courtroom and backdrop. The sentencing video of Taylor has over 100,000 views :)
  2. passedupnews
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    passedupnews - January 10, 2013 7:51 am
    I bet he had been having sex with his daughter for years. They just got caught with ACTUAL VIDEO. Why is it the Elko Justice system is so unfair? Have sex with your Daughter and get 2 years in jail.....Make a 13 year old touch your breast and get life in Prison. Millhouse repair will be back in business way before Michelle Lynn Taylor gets out. What a system!
  3. passedupnews
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    passedupnews - January 10, 2013 7:44 am
    Why was he not charged with lewdness with a minor? Why has this case taken 4 years to get this far? Why won't the paper disclose who the actual relative is to him? Why did they not proceed on the theft charges after all these years?
  4. passedupnews
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    passedupnews - January 10, 2013 7:42 am
    Yikes! This is the same courtroom and county that gave Michelle Lynn Taylor a life sentence for making a 13 year old touch her breast and now we have a man that had blatant sexual intercourse with his own daughter and he is going to get a slap on the ole wrist (probation).

    The Taylor case is a youtube sensation with a over 100,000 views with worldwide with lots of criticism and this is the icing on the cake! Elko County's court system is an example of judicial unfairness
  5. Theron Hunt
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    Theron Hunt - January 09, 2013 1:48 pm
    It only makes sense that the Justice should be nothing less than 30 years and removal of his testicles. We will all watch this March on the results with a real Judge on the Bench!
  6. C-Sprite
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    C-Sprite - January 09, 2013 12:24 pm
    I am baffled by the talk her of possible probation for such a disgusting crime. This man had sex multiple times with his own DAUGHTER ....AND video taped these sexual escapades! It was not long ago a woman was sentenced to life in prison here in Elko because she was intoxicated and allowed/had a young boy touch her breast over her shirt! Tell me how this makes sense?? please!
  7. TD
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    TD - January 08, 2013 12:58 pm
    Amazing how these things happen. It absolutly disgust me at the abuse of power that was used here when he was a law enforcement agent and the fact he is out committing more crimes. I don't care if the jails are over crowded this guy can sleep on the floor for all
    I care you should be more worried about us as citizens!!!!!! Lock this sicko back up and protect Elko! Protect our childrena. This one STUPID COP puts dark halos over the rest which could be good guys!
  8. Theron Hunt
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    Theron Hunt - January 08, 2013 12:41 pm
    He lived above the law as did his police chief and I as a witness in the 90's am happy to let my faith ring true. Probation would create a loud storm. His own daughter!!! Only God can offer a forgiveness for that!
  9. sinbad
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    sinbad - January 08, 2013 12:16 pm
    This is the man who chased my teenage son into my house,arrested him in closet, left my doors wide open and waited till the next morning to call me my child is in JDC.
    Not to mention how he man handle my 15 year old, by choke-hold and scratching of face, claiming resisting arrest then on to stealing from the mine I worked for. And now a child -molestor.? Give me a break.He belongs behind bars, away from Elko. And a judge who believed him, charged my 15 year old, ignored his injuries. what else
  10. Theron Hunt
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    Theron Hunt - January 08, 2013 11:27 am
    Lets face facts and the disgusting actions Arron Hughes is not under investigation for but Guilty of! I am glad to know MillHouse is Arron Hughes! One must not respond to rumors but see it with your own eyes or if someone admits to something... So many more in the level of Law enforcement/Government/Banking/ that are soon to become common knowledge with respect to their crimes against the public. Liars, Thieves and Perverts beware!
  11. justice4all
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    justice4all - January 08, 2013 10:43 am
    Beware of this guy! He works under the business name "Millhouse Repair" and has ripped many people off in this area. So, he has been coming into peoples homes, under other names and doing "repair" work. They advertise on here, how is that possible? There are many other lawsuits against Aaron Hughes right now, please be aware!!!!!!!!!
  12. Scoobydoo
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    Scoobydoo - January 08, 2013 10:30 am
    Sddnhad, if you are implying the actions of the FORMER captain are even remotely excusable by the current police department, shame on you.
  13. Scoobydoo
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    Scoobydoo - January 08, 2013 10:25 am
    Also, in case you haven't kept up on other recent news, due to the jail being overcrowded, persons in jail are being released to "walk around free" on a daily basis.
  14. Scoobydoo
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    Scoobydoo - January 08, 2013 10:20 am
    First of all sddnhad, the content of your post reveals a lack of intelligence. He is NOT still a police captain and Elko County has a Sheriff's Office while the City of Elko has a Police Department. Also, I would venture to say the 45 people working at Elko Police Department do not appreciate being lumped into participants of "institutionalized corruption" by one person with an apparent limited mind set who thinks the actions of one person is indicitive of everyone employed by the agency.
  15. Racerchick34
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    Racerchick34 - January 08, 2013 10:14 am
    @sddnhad
    He is not still a POLICE CAPTIAN. Read the article. He resigned in 2008.
  16. sddnhad
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    sddnhad - January 08, 2013 9:12 am
    This is the same Captain caught stealing an ATV from a closed mine site four years ago. How on earth is he walking around free; let alone still a POLICE CAPTAIN!?!?! If Joe Blow were to pilfer an ATV it would be a felony. This just goes to show, once again the dual set of laws if you're from law enforcement vs the rest of us. This and other recent cases clearly illustrate that we are not being served by "Elko's finest" and worse, the institutionalized corruption present at the Elko County PD
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