Auchincloss didn't cooperate with treatment, therapist says

A therapist testified Tuesday that Ashland resident James Auchincloss refused to acknowledge he has a problem with child pornography and was not ready to move into court-ordered treatment for his conviction on charges he kept a collection of pictures of naked boys.

The testimony came during a hearing in Jackson County Circuit Court on whether to revoke probation for Auchincloss and send him to prison for up to a year and a half. He already has gone to jail twice in an effort to persuade him to cooperate more fully with his treatment program. He remained under house arrest at his home in Ashland.

Auchincloss, 64, pleaded guilty last August to two felony counts of encouraging child sexual abuse for having computer images of naked boys.

Pennie Farrell, a psychologist running group therapy sessions for people convicted of sex crimes, testified that Auchincloss failed to complete the steps necessary before taking a lie detector test designed to disclose all his past sexual deviances so a treatment program could be created for him. He regularly refused to answer direct questions, sought sympathy, viewed himself as a victim and tried to blame others for his problems, she said.

"He struggled a lot with what he did do and didn't do, and what was pornographic," Farrell said under questioning by Deputy District Attorney David Hoppe.

"He stated that was awkward for him and embarrassing for him."

Farrell said Auchincloss told her that he had shrink-wrapped the portion of his collection that was not seized by police and put it in a storage unit.

"My concern was Mr. Auchincloss presented with no desire to quit pornography," she added. "He planned, by his statement, on going back to using it again after treatment."

Under cross-examination by defense lawyer Carl Caplan, Farrell acknowledged that the only time Auchincloss was asked directly about viewing child pornography, the polygraph indicated he was telling the truth when he said he had not. She added that in her letter recommending Auchincloss be dropped from treatment, she had not included that information.

Caplan stressed in his questioning that despite the publicity about the case, no one had come forward to report being molested by Auchincloss. His case has attracted nationwide attention because Auchincloss is the half-brother of the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Probation officer Glen Sandy testified that based on Farrell's evaluation, he recommended revoking probation and sending Auchincloss to prison.

Farrell said she was so concerned about Auchincloss' refusal to cooperate that she gave him tests to determine whether he was mentally deficient or suffering from Alzheimer's disease. She said the tests showed he was depressed, dependent on others and passive-aggressive but otherwise of average or greater intelligence.

Judge Tim Gerking continued the hearing to June 7, when the defense will call another psychologist who evaluated Auchincloss.

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