James Auchincloss, half- brother of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he had possessed and duplicated child pornography.

James Auchincloss, half- brother of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he had possessed and duplicated child pornography.

Through his lawyer, Carl Caplan, Auchincloss entered the plea in an arraignment hearing in Jackson County Circuit Court in Medford.

A grand jury indicted the 62-year-old Ashland man in August on 25 felony counts of encouraging child sexual abuse.

Auchincloss was released after the hearing Tuesday without jail time or bail after he agreed through his lawyer to have no contact with minors, not leave the state without permission from the court and to adhere to other standard release procedures.

"He has shown that he's responsible, and he's here and is willing to comply," Caplan told Judge Lisa Greif.

As he walked out of the courtroom, Auchincloss faced a throng of news and camera crews, including reporters from the television show "Inside Edition," who chased him down the hallway to the elevator of the Jackson County Justice Building, peppering him with questions.

Auchincloss, who has lived in Ashland since 1995, said he had no comment on the proceedings.

Hoppe appeared to be satisfied with the outcome of the arraignment hearing.

"Things proceeded as I expected," he said.

A pre-trial hearing for the case has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 26.

It's possible that the Jackson County District Attorney's Office and Caplan will strike a plea deal before the pre-trial conference, in which case the case would not go to trial, Deputy District Attorney David Hoppe said.

Hoppe said it's unclear whether an agreement would be reached, or whether either party would seek one out.

"I don't know what's going to happen," he said.

In the meantime, prosecutors plan to continue to seek evidence in the case, Hoppe said.

Eagle Point resident Dennis Vickoren, 58, was also indicted during the same grand jury proceeding in August on 30 felony counts of encouraging child sexual abuse for allegedly disseminating, duplicating and possessing child pornography.

Vickoren is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Thursday in Circuit Court.

Last summer Ashland police began investigating the two men in connection with child porn. In October police searched Auchincloss and Vickoren's homes and found graphic images of young boys, according to search warrant affidavits.

Because of a backlog of computer crime cases, the task force took more than eight months to analyze the 48 pieces of electronic equipment seized.

Hoppe cautioned that although the cases have been open for more than a year, the legal proceedings are far from over.

"This is the beginning of the legal process — not the end," he said.

Hannah Guzik is a reporter for the Ashland Daily Tidings. She can be reached at 482-3456 ext. 226, or hguzik@dailytidings.com.