The man whose arrest led to an Edwardsville police officer’s shooting pleaded not guilty to all charges in court Thursday.
Jay A. Hanks, 42, was under investigation on allegations of child pornography when police came to his Edwardsville home on April 15 to serve a search warrant. Hanks allegedly came to the door brandishing a gun, and in the ensuing struggle, a Madison County Sheriff’s deputy shot both Hanks and an Edwardsville officer. The officer, who was not named by police, was struck in the hand while Hanks was struck in the face. Neither injury was considered life-threatening.
Hanks was targeted for a search warrant after Jerseyville Police informed Edwardsville Police that his computer’s IP address had shown up as possibly containing child pornography. According to court records, Hanks was found in possession of videos depicting children under the age of 13 engaged in sex acts with adults and each other.
On Thursday, Hanks’ case came up for arraignment before Madison County Associate Judge Neil Schroeder. He pleaded not guilty and requested a jury trial. He faces seven counts of aggravated assault, four counts of child pornography and one count of armed violence. Child pornography and armed violence are both Class X felonies punishable by between 6 and 30 years in prison. Aggravated assault is a Class 4 felony punishable by 1-3 years in prison.
Hanks’ bail was set at $1.2 million at a preliminary hearing on May 1, and he remains in custody at the Madison County Jail. He will return to court June 1 before Madison County Circuit Judge Kyle Napp.
Meanwhile, the Edwardsville police officer who was shot is doing better, according to Edwardsville Police Lt. Charles Kohlberg. “He’s recovering at home,” Kohlberg said. “He’s not back at work yet, but he’s looking forward to coming back. We’re all hoping for his full recovery.”
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