Family of soldier accused of possessing child pornography speaks out

By: Denise Bradberry Email
By: Denise Bradberry Email

A decorated Ft. Rucker army sergeant goes before a judge.

He faces 36 counts for possession of child pornography.

Army Sergeant Dustin Hogan, from Illinois was initially arrested for drug charges, but during a search of his home investigators found pornographic videos and photos of Hogan with an eight and nine year old.

Assistant District Attorney Tom Anderson says the images appeared to be from several different days.

"Every single law enforcement officer to include the District Attorney and investigators with our office; everybody that has viewed these things have uniformly described these things to be the worst images they've seen in law enforcement. The worst!"

He's facing 36 counts of possession of child pornography; all felonies punishable by up to 20 years for each case.

That amounts to 720 years behind bars in served consecutively.

Bond for the child pornography charges alone total $5.4 million.

News 4 spoke with Hogan’s family.

His mom was in shock as she stooped over a box filled with her son's awards.

She cried that this was not the same Dustin they know and love.

“This is not Dustin, the son that was all that he could be for the army, for his family, that's all. He's great, he was loved. He was loved everywhere. He was a good person. I don’t know what happened,” says his mother Deborah Hogan, “Here, his friends are shocked. They said, they said, ‘what is this!’ Nobody, nobody, everybody is shocked; it's just a state of shock. Everybody loved Dustin!”

She says he carried a number of burdens in his life in order to support his family and country.

“He needs help because something broke him. He will serve his punishment, but he needs help to find out what happened, what caused this, because he was the best that he could be for army and home and family,” says Hogan, “I wish I had told him to get help if he needed help. I told him, ‘be strong be strong,’ and I don't know how many thing he had to carry on his back before he broke.”

Hogan could face even more charges from the military and the State of Illinois for acts depicted in the images.

Anderson says they're also investigating whether or not any of these acts happened in Alabama.


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  • by Celelah on Oct 30, 2011 at 04:00 PM
    I don't know if anyone still reads this comments or not, but I just wanted to say over 90% of pedophiles were also sexually abused as children. At what point do we stop caring about the victims?? If his victims grow up to do the same thing...are you going to condemn them as well?
  • by Anonymous Location: Anonymous on Apr 27, 2010 at 04:01 PM
    Knowing personally of this case, these people on here trying to "have mercy on him" and saying "something broke him" would be HORRIFIED if they heard what was actually on the pornographic pictures and videos. Thousands of men and women go to other countries and fight in wars and see horrible things and do not come back and do disgusting and despicable things to children. This man fooled everyone in his life and these two poor young girls who he did this too will NEVER be the same. He took their innocence and took away who they could have been as they will likely spend their entire lives trying to overcome the abuse that was done to them. May he spend the rest of his life rotting in a prison cell.
  • by Cari Location: IL on Mar 31, 2010 at 06:44 AM
    It is amazing that anyone says that he was "changed" somehow. Who cares? He's a sick, worthless scumbag that I hope gets railed in the dumper repeatedly in prison.
  • by Bell Location: illinois on Feb 17, 2010 at 11:18 PM
    First of all...I have known this man since we were in grade school. His mother is right..this is not the man we knew and graduated with. No man is perfect is perfect, but the military did change him. I don't know what he saw or did over there but he changed. I am not saying that I condone his behavior, I believe that justice will be served. Just remember that he does have a family and not only are they trying to understand what happened to him they are trying to repair the damage done to his young relatives.
  • by dee Location: illinois on Feb 12, 2010 at 05:55 PM
    i greive for hogans mother, she's a good person no mother should have to endure this ,just as no child should have to endure this from their own father & uncle.this type of crime is horrible in it's own right ,but to be commited by a father, i have no words to describe it.my heart goes out to those 2 little girls, i know them
  • by Leah Location: Malvern on Feb 12, 2010 at 12:47 AM
    I am a mother. From a legal standpoint the description above states pictures with an 8 & 9 yr old. It does not state what the pictures were containing. What you all fail to realize is that soldiers are propositioned in different countries where selling your children for sex is legal and they are often presented to our military as income for these countries. My husband was appauled while visiting such as country. Countries such as Haiti matter of fact where we are currently sending millions to help rebuild. Molestors and rapists should have their own country. Mothers will always love their children no matter what. I hope this situation resolves itself but I pray for the mother and the children involved. I pray it isn't as presented. Perhaps some time from each of you googling countries and child sex slavery would be an eye opener for all. Our Gov't helps fund such crap also! Research it and Pray for the children everywhere.
  • by Shannon Location: Flora Illinois on Feb 10, 2010 at 11:13 AM
    Those people who stand by him are no better, I agree with Hal. Everything he did to honor this country has went to hell the moment he thought of those things.Coming from his home town, he was an odd duck and when he entered the military it just got worse. Those children will never recover completely for those actions dustin did. The death penatly will no more help what has happened! You people bring god and satan into this. Is that the only fall back people have? God or the Devil has nothing to do with someone that is screwed up to begin with. Just because someone has issues doesn't mean that it was a invitation to harm a child.Jail time or death penalty will be a relief for him. If there was somewhere there was a place that we send people like Dustin, then they could get a taste of there own posion!!!!!
  • by jeremy Location: illinois on Feb 8, 2010 at 10:40 AM
    This guy was not loved by all he has always been a wierd one. I hope god shows no mercy nor should anyone else. Im just glad he was finally caught! Hope you get yours in the pin hogan.
  • by Anonymous Location: Wisconsin on Feb 5, 2010 at 12:06 PM
    She is his mother. Can you imagine her state of mind? I ask that people be thoughtful with their comments. I agree that this is the worst possible crime someone can commit, harming a child in this way, and the whole family is hurting. But let's not bring God, heaven, and hell into this. The jury and judge will sentence him, and he will be at least put where he can no longer harm these children whom he's done irreparable damage to. No punishment is enough, and the death sentence would just be a relief for him... he is on suicide watch. What we need is prisons that punish and reform people (though he is now beyond reform, so all that is left for this crime is punishment) so please support any legislation that makes our prisons into something besides a happy sanctuary for criminals.
  • by Drew Location: Virginia on Feb 4, 2010 at 05:19 PM
    ^ May God have mercy on him? Are you kidding me? May God send him directly to the inner depths of Hell. I encourage all who read this to visit this link http://sexcrimes.typepad.com/sex_crimes/2009/02/alabama-rep-wants-death-penalty-for-child-rapists.html and help support legislation to be able to sentence child rapists to death.
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