Auburn man facing child porn charges had 'how to' guide

SEATTLE -- Police say an Auburn man accused of trading child pornography online also had a "how-to" guide to safely have sex with kids.

Hank Hirst was arrested Tuesday and is now facing charges of possession and distribution of child pornography. Neighbors say he kept to himself.

"To be honest he would creep me out sometimes," said Jennifer Ceja, who used to go to Hirst's house when she was younger to play with the suspect's niece. "He was like kinda scary."

Hirst first popped up on the FBI's radar last year when he was linked to an Ohio man busted for child porn.

Court documents show investigators found several emails between the Ohio man and an account linked to Hirst in which the user describes sexually abusing both boys and girls, including an 8-month old, in graphic detail. Some of the emails included child porn videos.

In June, FBI agents raided Hirst's Auburn home and discovered nearly 2,800 pictures and more than 400 videos of child pornography content.

"Kinda shocking, somebody living that close, especially having two daughters," said Troy Gates, whose house is across the street.

Court records show investigators also found a 170-page document titled, "How To Practice Child Love," described as a step-by-step guide aimed at teaching adults how to safely engage in sex acts with children, without hurting them.

Hirst is due in Federal Court in Seattle Thursday.