The weirdest charge in a child porn arrest
The weirdest charge in a child porn arrest

In the 2007 case U.S. v. Hicks, the FBI questioned suspect Brian Hicks about whether there was any child pornography on his computer.

He said there was -- but after learning federal agents wanted to interview him, he decided to take no chances. He destroyed his hard drive with a hammer and a magnet, then threw it out the window on his way to meet with the cops.

What did they charge him with? Violating the Sarbanes-Oxley Act by tampering with evidence in a federal investigation. It's an oddball use of a law intended to regulate corporate accounting practices.

Last updated August 09 2011: 6:59 PM ET
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