For 10 years, Christian Hine from Fort Mill was a familiar face of conservatism in both Carolinas – and as far away as Washington, D.C.
Hine was all over the Internet and other media for years. He spoke passionately at rallies at the U.S. Capitol on behalf of conservative causes.
He spoke out against the Affordable Care Act; was against toll roads in Mecklenburg County and taxes in York County; spoke before rallies for such candidates running for president and Congress as Rand Paul and Greg Brannon in North Carolina. He was president of a Charlotte area Tea Party group for years. He was the volunteer Mecklenburg County chair for N.C. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest’s campaign in 2012 and co-designed the grassroots strategy to get Forest elected, his lawyers said.
He led the charge to stop sports taxes in Charlotte. He stood up for what he believed in, say those who knew him.
But Christian Hine had a secret.‘It’s difficult to understand how Christian ended up in such a terrible place.’ | The Herald
In order to battle an autistic disorder and depression from a failed relationship, he was “self-medicating” with child pornography.
He now sits in a prison cell within the S.C. Department of Corrections for possession of child pornography, having admitted an addiction that involved hundreds of pictures of children, shared thousands of times over a decade, as he dealt with bouts of depression by viewing porn involving children.