When a University of North Dakota professor was arrested on child pornography charges, The Dakota Student asked “We can’t help but wonder if this type of thing is common in other schools around the nation?”
Unfortunately, a concerning number professors and staff are being investigated, arrested and/or prosecuted for sexual crimes against children.
From University of Virginia’s Assistant Dean, Michael Morris downloading infant anal rape to Kirk Nesset, professor at Allegheny College with over 500,000 videos/images including folders called “kidsfuck,” far too many professors and staff appear to be participants in the organized crime of child sex trafficking, i.e. child pornography, and other forms of child sexual abuse.
Very often these crimes against children are committed in the workplace, on campus, in offices, classrooms, computers, wi-fi networks and electronic infrastructure. This criminal activity creates a serious safety and fraud issue that higher education, for the most part, has been reluctant to discuss in a transparent and public manner.
My research-in-progress details 162 professors and staff investigated, arrested and/or prosecuted on child sexual abuse related charges. This small sample does not represent the total number of professors and staff exposed for participating in these crimes.
The objective is (with support from a university, college or foundation) to create a public, searchable database of all investigations, arrests and prosecutions of all sexual crimes against children committed in higher education — much like Princeton’s Eviction Lab (evictionlab.org) or USA TODAY police misconduct database or USA TODAY database on teachers confirmed for sexual abuse of children.
If you know of a case not listed here on Medium, please alert me via DM on Twitter (@LoriHandrahan2) and I will add the case.
Professors, Deans and Presidents
(1) Niles Edward Lehman, 56-year-old chemistry professor at Portland State University,
was arrested, 22 February 2019, on 35 child pornography related charges of encouraging child sexual abuse.
Lehman posted $250,000 bail and is on supervised release pending his next court date scheduled for 20 May 2019.
The university has placed Lehman on paid leave.
(2) Roland Higgins, a 71-year-old professor of East Asian History and Global Studies at Keene State
College, was arrested and charged, 4 May 2018, on ten felony child pornography counts. In November 2018, he indicted on 22 child pornography charges. He was trading in the rape of children as young as 5-years-old.
Higgins was known for his work on Mongolia and his extensive travel to “East Asia… and study tours to China.” He is a member of the Asian Studies Association and the Association for Ming Studies and has spoken about organ trafficking. His wife, Lynn A. Higgins, is a professor at Dartmouth College who has published on rape.
Higgins had been employed at Keene State for 36 years. As of 2016, he earned $105,000 as a professor at Keene State College. Keene State College placed him on leave upon his arrest and terminated his employment on 30 June 2018. Higgins was free on $30,000 bond. His next court date is set for 13 May 2019.
(3) Peter Kiwitt, a 59-year-old assistant professor of film at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), was
arrested, 21 December 2016, on child pornography related charges and convicted of child pornography possession on 13 April 2017.
Kiwitt was sentenced to 180 days to be served on weekends at Monroe County Jail and 10 years of supervised released.
Although Title IX complaints were reportedly filed against him and the student paper reported “many students reported submitting teacher evaluations including comments and accusations about Kiwitt’s inappropriate behavior in and outside of the classroom,” the university awarded Kiwitt tenure status. Kiwitt is no longer employed at RIT. RIT will not disclose if Kiwitt was on paid or unpaid leave after his arrest or if he was allowed to resign with full benefits or was terminated.
Prior to joining RIT Kiwitt was a professor at Elon University in North Carolina and before that he worked in Hollywood as a director, writer and producer including as Director of Creative Affairs at MGM Television. Kiwitt won awards for a film he directed called Silent Lies which Variety described as “a tale of brutal sexual abuse” of a young girl produced by Baby Head Productions. As of 21 November 2017, he retains his membership with the Directors Guild of America despite being a registered sex offender. In Los Angeles (LA) Kiwitt also volunteered with inner-city children in the LA school system.
Kiwitt is, at least, the third RIT employee arrested and prosecuted on related charges. Please see: David Blasczak (entry 132) and Robert JasonFain (entry 133).
(4) Stephen Kilpatrick, a 63-year-old Professor of Mathematics at Liberty University, was arrested,
27 June 2018, on six charges; three counts of indecent liberties of a child younger than 15-years-old and three counts of the use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children. His charges were certified and sent to a grand jury in November 2018.
Kilpatrick was traveling to meet, what he thought was a child for the purposes of exploitation and abuse (in reality an undercover investigator) when he was arrested. Liberty University suspended Kilpatrick upon news of his arrest.
(5) George Coleman Baker, a former adjunct professor at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University was arrested, 23 March 2018, on child
Baker was a “life-coach” and had been, according to the Burleson Star, a pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Stamford, Texas, Calvary Baptist Church in Seymour, Texas and First Baptist church in Weinart, Texas. His Huffington Post, under the name Coleman Baker, is still live. He called himself a Scholar of Religion.
(6) Scott Cameron Lowe, a 57-year-old Chair of the Philosophy Department at Bloomsburg University, was arrested, 15 February 2018, on five counts
Lowe was arraigned on 5 April 2018, and was free after posting $250,000 bail. Lowe was allowed to retire from the university after his arrest. He had been employed by Bloomsburg University for 30 years.
(7) Harrison B. Smith, a 37-year-old associate professor of engineering at Otterbein University was arrested, 11 May 2016, on ten counts of child
pornography related charges including of a “ of a “prepubescent” girl being raped by a man.”
Otterbain University placed Smith on leave pending the outcome of his case. Smith has been free on $10,000 bond.
(8) Jack Edgar Harclerode, 81-year-old Herbert L. Spencer Professor of Biology and now former
Harclerode was found guilty on 20 counts of child sex abuse and child pornography possession and pleaded guilty to 11 counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. He was sentenced, in 2010, to 5 to 10 years in jail followed by 10 years of probation.
Over a period of many years, Harclerode repeatedly raped, at least, two young boys in his Bucknell University office. At the time of his arrest, he had hundreds of images of child rape on his computer. These images evidenced the rape of another 10-year-old boy at a campground in 2006. Harclerode was found guilty in Columbia County for this rape and sentenced to 9 to 30 months in prison to be served concurrent with another sentence, in 2011, of up to 10 years in jail for child sex abuse in Union County.
(9) Robert Lewis Herman-Smith, a 55-year-old Assistant Professor in the Department of Social
Work at University of North Carolina (UNC) Charlotte, was arrested, 27 October 2017, and charged with six counts of second and third degree sexual exploitation of a minor. He is free on bond pending his next scheduled court date of 12 January 2018.
Herman-Smith is UNC’s Coordinator of North Carolina Child Welfare Education Collaboration which “prepares and trains students for practice in public child welfare.” He researches “early childhood intervention for young children at risk for developmental problems due to trauma, maltreatment, and poverty” and had access to newborns to five-year-old children via his work with the North Carolina Child Welfare Education Collaboration. UNC suspended Herman-Smith with pay upon news of his arrest and then allowed Herman-Smith to resign.
(10) Ronald Usiewicz, 69-year-old former president of several colleges, was arrested, September 2017,
and charged with 144 counts of child pornography charges.
He was trading in the rape of infants as young as six-months-old and dogs raping children.
Usiewicz remains in jail pending sentencing with a recent status hearing on 22 November 2017.
Usiewicz had been a professor at various universities, including University of Wisconsin-Stout, University of Akron, Pennsylvania State University, University of New Haven, Sierra Nevada College, San Jose State University and the College of Boca Raton. On his LinkedIn profile he listed himself as president of International College of Hospitality Management, Everest College and Anthem College.
(11) Michael Glenn Rich, a 56-year-old Episcopal priest in Birmingham, Alabama and former
Assistant Professor of Journalism at Auburn University, was arrested, 16 November 2017, on three counts of child pornography possession. He was indicted on all three counts on 16 November 2017. Rich has been free on $45,000 bail throughout the process. His next court date is 17 June 2019.
This is, at least, the third arrest at Auburn University, details for Auburn University Police Lt. Dennis Rae Ledbetter and English professor William Matthew Carter are detailed in entries (9 staff section) and (120), respectively.
(12) Nathan A. Madsen, 37-year-old Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at University of Tampa (UT) and Director of UT’s community orchestra, was
arrested, March 2016, on child pornography related charges. On 3 February 2017, he pleaded guilty to child pornography possession charges and to enticing a child to produce child pornography and was sentenced, 26 May 2017, to 17.5 years in federal prison followed by lifetime supervised release. He must register as a sex offender.
Madsen was caught responding to Backpage.com advertisement from a man who said he was a “step-father” sharing his 14-year-old daughter for rape placed by an undercover Homeland Security agent. Madsen agreed to pay $140 dollars to rape the child. He was also exploiting a 16-year-old girl to produced child pornography for him including “sadistic or masochistic” abuse and sexual torture.
Madsen has a Master’s degree from Bard College and was a doctoral candidate at Texas Tech University. He was Music Director of the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the Texas Tech University Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, and staff of the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra. He also served on Mormon missions. University of Tampa placed him on paid leave after his arrest and then terminated his employment.
(13) Steven Phillip Brey, a 53-year-old Associate Professor of Religion and Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at Methodist University, was arrested on 25 October 2017, on campus for
18 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and indicted on 28 November 2017.
Brey pleaded guilty, 15 December 2017, to six counts of second degree sexual exploitation of a minor and was sentenced to 25–90 months in jail, 100% of which was suspended with 52 days credit for time spent in jail and 36 months probation. He must register as a sex offender for 30 years. Brey was caught when he sent rape videos of children as young as 3-years-old to an undercover law enforcement officer.
(14) Billy Lockhart, a 36-year-old psychiatric doctor at University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) Department of Psychiatry was arrested, May 2017, on child pornography charges.
Lockhart used the university’s internet network to trade in child rape.
At the time of his arrest he had more than 1,500 images and 280 videos of children being raped including infants as young as 6-months-old. Lockhart also had files that included “stories about children being raped, information on how to do it and conversations with others about exploiting children.”
The university placed Lockhart on leave upon news of his arrest and terminated him on 31 August 2017. Lockhart is a graduate of Yale University’s School of Medicine. He is also a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.
(15) Mark Ranzenberger, a 61-year- old professor of journalism at Central Michigan University (CMU),
was arrested and charged, 20 May 2016, and pleaded guilty, 27 September 2016, to one federal count of child pornography possession and four (of which three were dropped in a plea deal) state counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for repeatedly raping a girl younger than 13 over a 7 year period.
On 19 January 2017, Ranzenberger was sentenced in federal court to 14 years in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release. On 26 January 2017, he was sentenced to 14 to 45 years in prison in Michigan State’s Isabella County Court to be served concurrently with his federal sentencing. He remained in custody pending sentencing.
Ranzenberger was caught when he mistakenly showed child pornography to his students. A student reported the crime, triggering university police to open an investigation. At the time of his arrest, Ranzenberger was in possession of over 1,000 images/videos of child sex abuse, including the rape of infants. He also had a “grooming” document instructing pedophiles how to manipulate children from birth to age 11 “to participate in sexual acts.”
The girl whom Ranzenberger raped for years, testified at his sentencing calling him a “psychopath, monster.” She said “He’s smooth, charming, and manipulative… He was able to hide the monster he was in every word he spoke. His coworkers and family didn’t know he was a child molester.” The victim described Ranzenberger as “a slug of man” and “a pathological liar.” Ranzenberger’s blogsite and Twitter accounts are still live.
(16) Richard Berendzen, American University’s president in 1990, was calling day cares seeking
to sexually abuse children. Berendzen committed these solicitations for children from his campus office. He also claimed to have an “extensive” child pornography collection in his office.
Berendzen was caught when he called Susan Eva Allen, a mother operating a home-based day care. Her husband, David Allen, was a detective with Fairfax County Police Department.
A search warrant was obtained and Susan Allen recorded more than 30 hours of calls with Berendzen during which he “described going to sex slave auctions in Chicago and Detroit,” bragged about his abuse of children, his child pornography collection, the four-year-old girl who was his “sex slave,” and strapping his wife to a wheel in their basement. Berendzen asked Susan Allen if “she and her husband included their children in sex” and asked to have sex with Allen’s children. He told her he masturbated while talking with her and offered to procure a child for her to use as a “sex slave.”
Berendzen’s calls to Susan Allen followed “a pattern” of similar calls. Investigators “had been trying to identify the caller on the tape for a year.” From January to April 1990, he called 10–15 other local day cares. He also admitted to calling “as many as 15 women.” Media reports noted other witnesses, including a retired South Carolina police officer, but no one, except Allen, came forward. The Washington Post reported at the time “charges were not brought in a second case.”
In a deal, Berendzen pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor obscene telephone calls. Fairfax County Judge J. Conrad Waters Jr. issued 30-day suspended jail sentences per charge. Berendzen was never charged for the possession of, in his own words, an “extensive” child pornography collection, there was, apparently, no investigation by Child Protective Services to determine if Berendzen was abusing children, including his own.
Richard Berendzen remains a professor emeritus at American University. He never spent time in jail and was never properly investigated for crimes against children. Conspiracy to commit child rape and possession of child pornography are not an “administrative” issues. These are criminal matters and must be prosecuted as such. In what appears to be obstruction of justice, American University protected, and continues to protect, Berendzen, his career and financial security.
(17) Langley Frissell, an adjunct psychology professor and Director of Distance Education at Hawaii Pacific University (HPU), was reportedly
served and search, 16 November 2017, for child pornography related charges. Frissell, apparently, committed suicide the following day on 17 November 2017. Frissell received an award for “Excellence in Mentoring” of the on-line teaching program. The student paper reported he was available “days, evenings, and even weekends” and “ ‘lurks’ on chats until students are comfortable with technology.” He had published research articles about student on-line chat rooms and was employed at HPU since 1999.
(18) Theodore Ishida, a 63-year-old Assistant Professor of Psychology at California State
University, was arrested, 8 December 2017, on child pornography charges.
Investigators suspected Ishida downloaded child pornography from a university computer and worked with the university during the investigation.
Ishida was trading in images of girls as young as five-years-old being raped and sexually abused. Ishida has been on paid leave, since January 2017. The Bakersfield Police Department is requesting anyone with information contact Detective Lance O’Nesky 661–326–3275.
(19) Henry Kamen, an 80-year-old Spanish history professor, was indicted, 14 February 2017, on
on federal child pornography charges. Kamen was, most recently, a visiting professor at the University of Chicago. Previously, he was at University of Wisconsin — Madison. Kamen is being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit. Information regarding Kamen can be provided to Pamela Lightsey (478–621–2603) in the United States Attorney’s Office.
(20) Christopher DeZutter, a chemistry professor at the University of Minnesota, was arrested,
12 September 2016, for the second time on four new counts of child pornography possession. He was sentenced, 27 February 2016, to four years in jail. DeZutter was first arrested, 5 February 2015, and charged with ten possession and one distribution child pornography counts.
Despite the volume and type of child rape and torture, including infant rape, DeZutter was trading in he was sentenced, 16 September 2015, to only 4 months in jail with five years probation. He was free, for the first conviction, on conditional release, without monetary surety, until his sentencing.
DeZutter told investigators he had been trading in child sex abuse images/videos since 1996. Investigators said his University of Minnesota laptop was “full” of child sex abuse files. Investigators said DeZutter told them, upon his arrest, “You are not going find a lot of this at home. I do most of this at the office.” The university barred DeZutter from campus and placed him on paid leave. He was terminated, for cause, on 13 February 2015.
(21) Justin X. Carroll, 67-year-old Associate Vice
Chancellor for Student Affairs and interim Athletic Director at Washington University (St. Louis), was indicted, 30 January 2017, on one federal charge of access with intent to view child pornography. He pleaded guilty in July 2017 and was sentenced, 26 October 2017, to four years and six months in federal prison and supervised release for life.
Carroll had been using university computers to trade in child rape with the handle “MOperv.” His twitter account was @WashUDeanoFun. Carroll was trading in the rape of children as young as one-year-old and potential “child snuff” videos, i.e., the violent abuse and murder of children. He was also trading in the rape and torture of boys between three and six years. He had videos of children as young as three-years-old forced to handle adult erect penises and subjected to anal rape. One video was called “boybending,”
a how-to guide for child sex abuse and grooming, “the art of remotely directing a boy on webcam, through typing text and displaying videos, to achieve a desired pose or behavior.”
Carroll submitted his resignation after his arrest and was allowed to retire, presumable with full benefits. He had been at the university for 36 years. University staff, including Chancellor Emeritus William H. Danforth and current Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton, used university letterhead to send the court letters of support for Carroll.
This is, at least, the second child pornography arrest at Washington University. George Wright Sessen, (detailed in (25) in the staff section) a 42-year-old Research Technologist at the law school was arrested, 14 May 2019, on child pornography charges.
(22) Elliott McGinnies, 94-year-old emeritus psychology professor at American University was
charged, 9 October 2015, for sex crimes against children.
McGinnies had also been arrested in 1986, for sexual assault of a nine- year-old girl.
McGinnies never spent a day in jail as prosecutors repeatedly dropped charges. American University continued to employ McGinnies after his 1986 arrests for crimes against children and allowed McGinnies to retain his emeritus status after the 2015 charges.
(23) Steven James Devlin, a 60-year-old now former Vice Provost at Lehigh University, was arrested,
10 July 2007, on child sexual exploitation charges. He was sentenced, 30 September 2008, to 3–6 years in jail followed by 10 years of supervised release. He is a registered sex offender. Devlin was arrested in a parking lot meeting a “mother” offering her 7-year-old and 9-year-old daughters for rape. The “mother” was an undercover law enforcement officer.
Devlin used Lehigh University computers to arrange the meeting and to participate in on-line chats. “Phillyguy5,” Devlin’s on-line name, described, from his office computer a “love of teaching young girls about sex” and detailed plans for raping children. Devlin wrote “we get there and girls run upstairs, your follow, they come back in tshirts and nothing else, little butts sticking out, the adults are naked already, your girls sit next to me…”
Devlin bragged about raping children trafficked by their mothers and claimed he and his wife, Bonnie Devlin, who was at the time a Vice President at Lehigh University, sexually abused their own children and had “groomed” them for the “lifestyle.” Bonnie Devlin was not charged and there was, apparently, no evidence she or her children were involved in abuse.
Lehigh University had allowed Devlin to resign. Devlin was, at least, Lehigh University’s second employee arrested for child pornography conducted on university computers. John P. Early, a 36-year-old Senior Analyst was arrested, October 2005, for raping a 7-year-old boy and child pornography on his Lehigh University computer.
(24) Matthew McEnany, 60-year-old President of Keiser University, was caught, August 2015, by
police attempting to solicit three girls, as young as 13 years old, for sex in exchange for money, food, clothes and cigarettes. He also asked the children to produce child pornography for him. Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood asked the State Attorney to bring criminal charges against McEnany. Prosecutors refused to bring charges. McEnany was caught when two of the girls and an older man car-jacked McEnany when he showed up for a meeting for sex with the children. McEnany is no longer employed by the university.
(25) Clyde Edward Fant, a 83-year-old (now retired) Dean of the Chapel and O.L. Walker Professor of Christian Studies and the Institute for Christian
Ethics at Stetson University, was arrested on child pornography charges. Fant pleaded guilty in a deal, 7 March 2013, to one count of child pornography possession. He was sentenced, 15 August 2013, to time served plus one day, followed by five years of supervised release.
Fant was trading in “ultra hard” pre-teen hard core (PTHC) child rape, which means extreme torture and violence committed against very young children.
On 9 March 2017, Stetson University’s Board of Trustees Executive Committee unanimously voted to rescind awards Fant had previously received and strip Fant of his “professor emeritus” status, citing that “his actions and admitted guilt are not consistent with university values, mission and history, nor with the honor the designation confers.” Fant is also prohibited from university property.
In 2007, Fant was quoted by Stop Baptist Predators, saying “There’s no central database to help local churches, and some churches are less than forthcoming with information about their former pastors… the system is so loose that a criminal conviction does not necessarily end the career of a Southern Baptist preacher.” Fant is a registered sex offender in Florida.
(26) William T. Garner, a 66-year-old, now former, Dean of Education at University of San Francisco (USF), was arrested and pleaded guilty on
In a plea deal, Garner was sentenced, 27 March 2007, to just over five years in jail followed by three years of supervised release for one count of child pornography possession. The prosecuting attorney said, “The children depicted in these images are the victims of horrible abuse.”
At the time of his arrest he was an emeritus professor and, apparently, retains that title. The university, apparently, allowed him to retire upon his arrest. Garner had been employed by USF, a Jesuit Catholic University, since 1979.
(27) Alan Atalah, an Associate Dean at Bowling Green State University’s College of Technology
Atalah was caught when he mistakenly gave the Ohio Department of Transportation (DOT) a “first-person” account of child rape, descriptions of child rape by adults and bestiality saved among other documents he was working on as a DOT consultant.
There was evidence of deleted videos and files. Atalah claimed the file, “Conversations.doc,” was “erotic literature” and said he “might sometimes copy erotic stories from the Internet.” He said “I don’t do anything that is illegal… . I don’t consider this illegal. … For me, it’s just entertainment for a short period of time or entertainment for whatever.” He also wrote an email to Ohio’s Inspector General claiming he is “not that kind of a person who would do anything awful like that.”
Bowling Green temporarily suspended Atalah with pay for misusing state property and violating university policy.
(28) Christopher Haas, a 60-year-old history professor at Villanova University, was found dead,
of suicide, on 28 January 2017, two day prior to starting a 20 month prison sentence with ten years of supervised release for child pornography charges. Haas was arrested, March 2016, and charged with 415 child sexual exploitation related charges. Delaware County charges were dropped after federal sentencing. Haas was caught, by university IT staff, using a Villanova computer to search for child rape. At the time of his arrest he had more than 400 images of child sexual exploitation on his computer. Haas had been under Homeland Security investigation in 2012 for child pornography crimes on his home computer. It is not clear why he was not arrested in 2012.
In September 2016, Haas pleaded guilty to one count of accessing the internet with the intent to view child-exploitation images and was sentenced in December 2016. Upon Haas’ arrest Villanova released the following statement: “The university is horrified by the behavior of this individual and has relieved the faculty member of his teaching duties. He is not permitted to return to campus. The university has an unwavering commitment to a safe campus for all community members, and illegal, offensive and dangerous behaviors will not be tolerated.”
This is, at least, the second child sex abuse related arrest of Villanova employees. Timothy O’Connell, in the next entry, was arrested July 2018.
(29) Timothy O’Connell, a 51-year-old Associate Director of the Campus Ministry for Latino outreach at Villanova University was arrested, July 2018, on
child pornography charges. On 11 June 2019, O’Connell pleaded guilty. His sentencing is schedule for October 2019.
Federal agents said O’Connell was using the phone application Kik “to communicate with others about the exploitation of children” including images of an 18-month-old toddler of whom O’Connell said “she is cute,” “very hot,” “very nice,” and “get me hard.”
O’Connell was trading in child rape images in his campus office and at home. He also told law enforcement he was “sexually attracted to a third grader he once babysat.” Upon news of the arrest, Villanova suspended O’Connell and barred him from campus and later terminated him.
(30) John Patrick Shannon, a 44-year-old Dean of the Levin College of Law University of Florida, was
Shannon was sentenced, November 2007, on two counts of child abuse to house arrest for two years and eight years of probation. He had been allowed to enter no-contest plea. Shannon was ordered to forfeit his law license but was not required to register as a sex offender. He was caught by police “engaging in Internet chat or online messaging where he encouraged another person to engage in the exploitation of a child” and offered people, on-line, advice about how to drug children for rape. The university allowed Shannon to resign, July 2006, after law enforcement searched his home.
(31) Melvin Lee Sharpe, a 78-year-old emeritus professor at Ball State University, was arrested, March 2015, and charged with child molesting and solicitation.
He was charged with raping a seven-year-old boy for five years starting in 2006 when Sharpe was full-time faculty at Ball State. In a deal, Sharpe pleaded guilty, February 2018, to one felony count of battery resulting in bodily injury and was sentenced, 5 April 2018, to 18 months probation with no jail time. He is not required to registered as a sex offender.
In 2016, a woman also said “was subjected to “sexual, physical and emotional abuse” by Sharpe from the age of four-years-old and continuing for almost a decade. Ball State awarded Sharpe more than 30 honors. He remains in Ball State’s Journalism Hall of Fame and is listed as an emeritus professor. The Dean of the College of Communication, Information and Media, Roger Lavery, reportedly said Sharpe’s legacy would “not be tarnished.” Sharpe had been free on $35,000 bond pending trial.
Several other Ball State University employees have been arrested on similar charges. In 2016, Brian Siebenaler, Randal Ray Schmidt, Robert Yadon and Brian Koby (involved with a student club and not employed directly by Ball State) were arrested on child sex abuse related charges. In October 2018, residence hall director Braden Robinson was arrested on child pornography charges that included the rape of a 4-year-old girl.
(32) Brian Kenneth Siebenaler, a 49-year-old professor of math at Ball State University was
arrested, 13 May 2016, on child pornography charges. He was convicted, 2 April 2018, on eight counts of child exploitation and child pornography possession and sentenced, 30 May 2018, to four years per five counts of probation (concurrent) and two years jail time per 3 counts entirely suspended, i.e., no jail time. In April 2019 the appeals court reversed three counts.
Siebenaler had been trading in child sexual abuse on university computers. In addition to possessing thousands of child abuse images, including children as young as five-years-old, Siebenaler maintained a website to store and distribute the images/videos. Siebenaler was employed with Ball State since 1992, and was terminated after his arrest. He is a registered sex offender until June 2028.
(33) Robert Earl Yadon, a 69-year-old professor of Information and Communications Sciences at Ball State, was arrested, June 2016, on ten counts of
child pornography related charges. He pleaded guilty in a deal to one charge on July 2017 and was sentenced, 10 April 2018, to a suspended sentence of two years in jail (i.e., no jail time) and two years probation.
Yadon was trafficking in child sex abuse from university computers, including children as young as eight-years-old. Yadon had been employed with Ball State since 1987, and said he had been trading in child sex abuse images for at least three years. His employment with Ball State was terminated after his arrest. He must register as a sex offender until April 2028.
(34) Gilbert Sams, a 73-year-old archaeology professor at University of North Carolina,
was arrested and charged, 28 February 2017, with ten felony of second-degree exploitation of a minor. His next court date is currently scheduled for 28 April 2017. UNC terminated Sams upon his arrest. Sams is, at least, the second UNC professor arrested on child pornography charges.
(35) Kuo Hsiung Yang, a 33-year-old assistant professor pharmacy researcher at University of
Yang was sentenced, 15 September 2016, on one count of receipt of child pornography to just over nine years in jail followed by 20 years of supervised release.
Yang was caught using a child rape trading service called Play Pen which the FBI seized. He was trading in Girls-HC (hard core), which is the brutal rape and torture of small children. Upon his arrest, Yang had more than 50,000 videos/images of child rape and torture.
(36) Holt Parker, a 59-year-old classics professor at the University of Cincinnati, was arrested,
15 March 2016, on one count of distribution and receipt of child pornography as well as destruction or removal of property to prevent seizure. He pleaded guilty, 29 August 2016, to one count of possession of child pornography and was free on bail pending sentencing. On 26 January 2017, he was sentenced to four years in prison followed by 15 years of supervised release.
Parker told investigators he traded child rape almost “every day” for the past five or six years. He used the email “firstname.lastname@example.org” to trade in child pornography. Parker “bragged about having sex with an 8-year-old girl” and responded to the rape of a 4 year old child with “love that,” “show me,” “please!” He collected “thousands” of images/videos of child rape and torture including of an infant. Parker’s Ph.D. is from Yale. He published on sexuality, slavery and sadism.
(37) Charles Jones, a 59-year-old professor at Union College, was arrested, 22 January 2017, and charged
with child pornography distribution and possession. Jones was indicted, 24 February 2017. Police were notified when child sex abuse images were found on a college printer, in 2014, that Jones used. Hundreds of images of child sex abuse were located on Jones’ computer. On 4 May 2018, all charges were dismissed by a prosecutor claiming it could not be proven, beyond a reasonable doubt, the images were of children.
(38) Mark Manion, a 51-year-old philosophy professor who taught ethics at Drexel University,
was arrested, 28 October 2010, on child porn charges. He pleaded guilty, 13 January 2010, to possession of child pornography and criminal use of a communication facility, or computer. Manion was caught by information technology staff when he asked IT staff to remove a virus on his computer. At the time of his arrest, he had over 800 child sex abuse images. Manion had made hundreds of visits to child-porn sites. Manion was sentenced to seven years probation and no jail time. He is a registered sex offender.
(39) Michael Wilson, a 46-year-old professor at the College of William and Mary, was arrested,
February 2016, on four felony counts of child porn possession. He pleaded guilty to all four counts on 2 November 2016. On 1 March 2017, he was sentenced to three and half years in jail followed by 20 years of supervised release.
Wilson said he had been trading in pornography for 35 years. He is the second William and Mary professor arrested on child sex abuse charges.
(40) Justin Bradley May, a 34-year-old economics professor at William and Mary, was arrested,
July 2010, on child pornography production. He pleaded guilty on 18 October 2010 and was sentenced, 3 February 2011, to 15 years in jail followed by 10 years of supervised release. The prosecuting attorney said, “It is shocking that a college professor manipulated a young girl for his own sexual gratification. This case is a wake-up call to parents and kids alike that the face of evil is often the ordinary and the familiar, including people in positions of trust.” He was producing child pornography on his college computer.
(41) Kenneth Martin Kyle, a 47-year-old Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at California State East
Bay, was arrested, 15 March 2010, with one count each child pornography possession and child exploitation. Later, he was also charged with charged with statutory rape and sodomy and one count of child pornography transportation. He pleaded guilty, March 2012, and was sentenced to just over 37 years in jail. He had pleaded not guilty in April 2010. In October 2013, a federal appeals court set aside Kyle’s guilty plea and on remand, 30 December 2015, Kyle pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated sexual abuse with children and was sentenced
to 30 years in jail concurrent with a sentence imposed in Missouri’s circuit court.
Kyle’s on-line name was “cruelsob.” At the time of his arrest he had “hundreds” of child rape images/videos on his home computer. Kyle traveled, almost monthly, to St. Louis to rape a 5 month old baby until the infant was 13 months when Kyle was caught. He produced child pornography of himself raping the baby. The infant was offered by the child’s mother, Tessa VanVlerah. St. Louis police arrested, VanVlerah, a college student, at her parents’ home in Ballwin. Kyle had met VanVlerah on-line. VanVlerah was sentenced to life in prison. The university allowed Kyle to resign.
(42) Adam Cobb, a 48-year-old professor and director of the Mahan Advanced Research Project
at Naval War College, was arrested, 3 April 2015, on child porn distribution charges. He pleaded guilty, 24 February 2015, and was sentenced, 13 February 2017, to five years in jail followed by 10 years of supervised release. Cobb was caught when he uploaded child sex abuse images to Tumblr. Cobb has been in custody since December of 2015, when he violated terms of his pre-trial release and the court revoked his $1,000,000 surety bond release.
(43) Robert Berardo, a 56-year-old adjunct professor at Middlesex County College, Raritan Valley College
and formerly at Monmouth University and girls’ softball coach, was arrested, September 2016, and charged with one count each of endangering a child due to distribution possession and intent to distribute child pornography. He was held on $110,000 bail.
(44) J. Martin Favor, a 49-year-old English professor and former chair of the African-American Studies
All five state charges were dropped in a deal when Favor pleaded guilty, 31 March 2016, to one federal count child pornography possession. Upon his arrest he had more than 500 videos and 300 images of child rape, including of infants and toddlers. His user name on Tumblr, where he was trading in child rape, was “lustyjourney.” He had been trading in child rape for 15 years.
Despite his arrest for crimes against children, Dartmouth University retained Favor on faculty and continued to pay him until his July 2016 sentencing. He was prohibited from campus. On 11 July 2016 Martin was sentenced to five and half years in jail and six/seven years of supervised release.
(45) Walter Korte, a 72-year-old film professor at the University of Virginia, was arrested,
2 August 2016, and charged, by the university’s police department, with two counts of child pornography possession. He was indicted, 5 December 2016, to two counts of child porn possession. Korte’s sentencing is currently set for May 2017. Korte is, at least, the second recent child porn arrest of a UVA professor. UVA’s Assistant Dean, Michael Morris, was arrested in 2013 on similar charges.
(46) Michael Morris, a 50-year-old Assistant Dean at University of Virginia (UVA) and father of two
teenage daughters was arrested and charged, 6 November 2013, on child porn charges. Morris was an “ultimate” member of Gigatribe. Gigatribe is a peer-to-peer (P2P) program he used to trade PTHC “pre-teen hard core” brutal torture of children under 12 years old. His on-line name was “funshooter2006.” At the time of his arrest, he was caught with 4,000 images/videos of child sex abuse including the abuse of toddlers.
He was indicted on two counts of distributing or receiving child porn and one count of possessing child porn. He pleaded guilty to all three charges on 21 April 2014 and was sentenced, 14 July 2014, to 8.8 years in federal jail and 20 years supervised release.
For the past five years Morris posed as a teenage boy or girl, and got 14 to 16 year old girls to perform sex acts for him live-streamed via web cameras. He had been trading in child sex rape and torture for 15 years.
In the few months he was under investigation, he accessed, more than 192 times, child sex abuse from his home and UVA computer. UVA suspended Morris pending investigation. He later resigned.
(47) Larry Nassar, a 53-year-old medical professor at Michigan State University and a former USA
Gymnastics doctor, was arrested, 16 December 2016, and charged with two federal counts of receipt/attempted receipt and one count of child pornography possession. Nassar was sentenced in federal court, 7 December 2017, to sixty years in jail. He has been held without bail pending sentencing. At the time of his arrest, Nassar was in possession of at least 37,000 images/videos of child sex abuse. Nassar was also charged, in Michigan district court, with three counts of criminal sexual conduct with a six-year-old child. On 24 January 2018, he was sentenced to 40 to175 years on state charges.
More than 140 women and/or girls have come forward with allegations of sexually assault by Nassar and more than 20 women are suing him. A Michigan State University (MSU) employee, reportedly, ignored reports of sexual abuse made in the 1990s and attempted to prevent victims from coming forward. MSU is the subject of at least three lawsuits. A lawyer for the victims said that Michigan State University police should not be allowed to remain as lead investigate. Michigan’s Attorney General opened, January 2018, an investigation into Michigan State University. Michigan State University terminated Nassar’s employment and the State of Michigan revoked his medical license.
(48) Jason Kahler, a 41-year-old Saginaw Valley State University English professor, was arrested,
August 2016, on child pornography charges. He was suspended without pay and barred from campus. Kahler was caught by the FBI’s Operation Pacifier when they seized control of a child rape website called Playpen. He has been free on bond pending sentencing. His next court date was set for 17 January 2017. Kahler is the second SVSU professor arrested on child porn charges.
(49) Robert Thaler, a 71-year-old sociology professor at Saginaw Valley State University, was arrested
and charged, June 2013, with nine counts of possession of child sexually abusive material. Students were, reportedly, shocked. He was trading in child sex abuse on his university computer. In a deal, Thaler pleaded guilty and, in exchange for his plea, he will not serve any jail time. He was sentenced, 24 February 2014, to five years probation. Thaler had been free on $18,000 bond pending sentencing.
(50) Massimiliano (Max) Bonamente, a 46-year-old physics professor at the University of Alabama,
was arrested, 10 February 2017, and charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a child under 12 years old. Bonamente was held on a $60,000 bond. The charges were later dropped. Bonamente remains a professor, teaching, at University of Alabama.
(51) Brian Meadows, a retired 76-year-old professor at University of Cincinnati, was arrested,
4 November 2016, on two counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material and three counts of voyeurism. Meadows had set up a hidden camera in the locker rooms at Cincinnati Sports Club, a health club he belonged to, in order to film “children in the nude” and “using the restroom.” He is free on bond pending his next court date.
(52) Alyssa Azotea, a 37-year-old Simmons College psychology professor was arrested, 28 August 2015,
on four felony counts of child pornography and three misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child. All the charges were dropped and the case was closed on 12 November 2015.
She, and her boyfriend, had been discussing molesting a five year old child. She told her boyfriend “he should allow himself to become aroused by young girls that he sees in public and that he should then report back to her.” Simmons College had placed Azotea on paid leave.
(53) James Quinn, a 59-year-old criminology professor at University of North Texas (UNT), was arrested, May 2015, on child pornography charges.
Another UNT professor, Alan Marchard, had been arrested, by campus police, on child porn charges in 2003. Marchard had been using his university computer to trade in child rape. UNT would not comment on whether Quinn was doing the same. Marchard pleaded guilty, August 2004, to four counts of child porn possession and received six years of probation with no jail time. UNT had placed Marchard on paid leave. He later resigned. Marchard is a registered sex offender.
(54) Kevin Sullivan, a 60-year-old epidemiology professor at Emory University, was arrested,
Sullivan was trading in child rape, including children as young as four years old, from university networks. At the time of his arrest, he had over 8,000 images/videos of child rape. Emory University’s Information Technology Department assisted law enforcement in the investigation.
(55) Clifford Raymond Bingham, a 56-year-old, research professor at University of Michigan, was
arrested, 2 October 2017, on four child pornography relatedcharges. In a deal, Bingham pleaded guilty, 28 November 2017, to one count of child pornography possession in exchange for dismissal of the other charges. He was sentenced, 13 February 2018, to 90 days in jail and five years probation.
Bingham had been trading in, what prosecutors called “terrifying” child rape on his university computer including of children as young as two-years-old.
He was suspended from the University, January 2017, when Department of Homeland Security and University of Michigan Police conducted a search warrant at his university office and was allowed to resign in September 2017. Bingham had been employed with University of Michigan since 1998. His research examined adolescent development, including youth driving and alcohol use. He is now a registered sex offender. Bingham is, at least, the fifth University of Michigan employee arrested on child sex abuse related charges.
(56) Mark Franklin Hoeltzel, a 46-year-old now former pediatric rheumatoid arthritis doctor at University of Michigan,
was arrested, on 12 February 2018,on two federal child pornography charges. He is out on bond, under house arrest, until his next court date currently set for 2 August 2018.
Hoeltzel told her she had “pretty long legs,” invited her for ice cream and conducted a two-year long abusive and exploitative “cyber relationship” with her. Although University of Michigan was aware of this conduct, Hoeltzel’s employment was protected and he was not criminally charged. Hoeltzel subsequently groomed, at least, three other minor girls with “romantic and flirtatious” texts and e-mails using a fake Facebook page where he pretended to be a teenage boy.
Hoeltzel was allowed to resign, 12 January 2018, “in lieu of dismissal” after state licensing authorities investigated his sexual abuse and exploitation of a teenage patient with a mental health diagnosis. Hoeltzel provided pain medication in exchange for sex and alcohol although she was underage and using morphine and oxycontin. Michigan revoked his medical license. Hoeltzel is the father of three children under the age of 6-years-old he is currently prevented from seeing for their protection.
(57) James Cavalcoli, a 51-year-old bioinformatics professor at the University of Michigan,
was arrested, 7 August 2015, when he attempted to meet an undercover police officer who was pretending to be a father offering his son for sex abuse. He had traveled from Michigan to Florida with the intention of raping a child. Cavalcoli had posted, at least twice, online requests to meet fathers offering their children for rape when he traveled to Indiana and Ireland. He was sentenced, 30 March 2016, to ten years in prison followed by five years of supervised release. The university placed Cavalcoli on an unpaid leave and terminated his employment upon his sentencing. Cavalcoli is the third University of Michigan employee to be arrested on child sex abuse charges. Steven Germinder, profiled under the Staff Section of this article, a finance employee at University of Michigan, was also arrested on child porn charges.
(58) Stephen Jenson, a pediatric oncologist at University of Michigan, was arrested,
December 2011, and sentenced, March 2013 to three years in federal prison on one count of child porn possession. The original four counts of possessing child sexually abusive material, brought by the state were dropped in lieu of federal charges. Jenson left his thumb drive plugged in a computer in the Pediatric Emergency Department. A female resident found the memory stick and discovered child rape which she reported. University of Michigan’s lawyers said her “concerns” were “unfounded” and refused to contact law enforcement. Six months later the incident was “re-reported” and police were notified. Jenson continued to have access to children in the pediatric unit during the delay.
(59) James Lesner Query, Jr., a 55-year-old communication professor at James Madison
University, was arrested, in 2010, on child pornography charges. Query pleaded guilty and was sentenced, 19 July 2011, to just over 11 years followed by 10 years of supervised release. He must register as a sex offender.
(60) Robert Beattie, 56-year-old University of North Dakota’s Chair of the Family and Community
Medicine Department, was arrested, 6 August 2015, for possession of hundreds of child rape files on his office computer. At the time of his arrest he had 3,233 images and 100 videos of child rape and torture including of infants and toddlers. The prosecutor said, “These images are not of a naked child frolicking in a field… really horrific acts.”
Beattie was originally charged with 10 child pornography counts at the state level. These were all dropped in lieu of a plea deal, when Beattie pleaded guilty to federal charges of one count of possession and one count of distribution. He was sentenced, July 2016, to 12 years in prison and ten years of supervised release. Upon his arrest, the university placed Beattie on paid leave and later terminated his employment. He is the third UND employee arrested on child pornography charges. The arrest of Paul Bradley Meagher, a campus police officer, is listed in the Staff Section of this article.
(61) Eric Hewitt Basile, a 37-year-old aviation professor at University of North Dakota, was
arrested, 7 September 2016, and charged with eight felony child porn charges. He was arrested by university police and had been using his university computer to trade in the rape of children between the ages of one and three years old. State charges were dropped, in lieu of one federal count of child porn receipt and distribution and three counts of child pornography possession. Basile’s trial is currently set for April 2017.
(62) Richard Keller, a 56 year old father of a two year old and a pediatric endocrinologist at Boston
Children’s Hospital and pediatrics instructor at Harvard Medical School, was arrested, 13 September 2012, on child porn charges. He pleaded guilty, November 2013, to three charges of receiving and possessing child pornography and was sentenced, 12 March 2014, to six and half years in federal prison followed by five and half years of supervised release.
Keller had been the Medical Director at Phillips Academy for 19 years before suddenly resigning. He was receiving child sex abuse DVDs at Phillips Academy. Keller possessed over 100 DVDs of child sex abuse at the time of his arrest.
(63) Christopher Pelloski, a 42-year-old Director of Pediatric Radiation Oncology Program at
Ohio State University and father of 5 year old twins, was arrested, 16 July 2013, on child pornography charges. He pleaded guilty, 15 November 2013 and was sentenced, 11 July 2014, to only one year in prison and five years of supervised release. He is a registered sex offender. Pelloski’s medical license was revoked in Ohio. He was trading in child rape on his university computer, including of a 7 year old girl forced to perform sex acts and a “girl no older than 12 being anally raped by an adult man.” Pelloski had been trading in child rape and torture for six years.
(64) David H. Scanlan, a 38-year-old pediatric oncologist fellow at Penn State Hershey’s Children’s Hospital,
was investigated, July 2011, on child rape and torture distribution. In a deal, Scanlan pleaded guilty, 12 February 2014, to child porn distribution charges. He was sentenced, 2 September 2014, to five years in federal prison followed by 20 years supervised released. Police recovered two laptops and seven external hard drives with “a lot of child pornography images.” State Police said, “When I say a lot, we’re talking a very substantial amount” with children as young as ten years old. Scanlan surrendered his medical license. He had been free, pending sentencing, under electronic monitoring in his Virginia home.
(65) Brad Robbert, an adjunct professor at Tulane University, was, arrested,
15 October 2014, on 50 child pornography charges. His court date was set for 3 August 2015, on 51 child porn counts which included children as young as five years old. He had been director of the Tulane University Shakespeare Festival from 2001 to 2009.
(66) Alan Clyde More, a professor at George Mason University and a retired CIA officer,
was arrested and charged, 3 October 2014, with ten felony counts of child pornography possession. On 24 July 2015, he pleaded guilty to all 10 counts and was sentenced to 5 years in jail with 3 years and 8 months suspended followed by five years of supervised release. He is listed as a sex offender.
More had been trading in child sex abuse from university computers. George Mason, apparently, terminated his employment. More
had taught Introduction to The Intelligence Community. He is the fourth faculty member at George Mason to be arrested on child pornography charges.
(67) Diego Fasolini, a 42-year-old Italian professor at George Mason University,
was arrested, October 2010, on child pornography charges. Faolini was a part-time professor at both George Mason and George Washington University. He was sentenced, 1 July 2011, to nearly four years in jail followed by five years of supervised release.
Fasolini was caught by George Washington University’s IT staff. At the time of his arrest he over 100,000 images/videos of child rape including children as young as three years old and young children duct-taped and bound.
Fasolini was sued by the mother of one of the children whose father abused them and traded images/videos of their rape which Fasolini also traded.
(68) Joshua Gessler, 41-year-old attorney adjunct professor at George Mason Univesity and
attorney with Arnold and Porter, was arrested, 9 August 2010, on one count of producing child pornography and five counts of possession. Gessler purchased, for $300 dollars, a run-away 15 year old girl on-line, sexually abused her and produced videos/images of his abuse which he traded on-line. He was sentenced, May 2011, to three months in jail followed by two years of probation and is register as a sex offender. Virginia revoked his law license June 2011.
(69) Ronald Sinacore, a 55-year-old Associate Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity
Services at George Mason University, was arrested, October 2004, charged with one count each of child pornography possession and production. June 2005, he was found guilty of manufacturing child pornography, possessing child pornography and extortion. He was sentenced, 16 September 2005, to eight years in jail followed by six years of supervised release. Sinacore had been filming his own sexual abuse of young boys at home and in his campus office. He was caught when one of the teenage boys went to the police and said Sinacore threaten to use tapes to blackmail the child for money. He is a registered sex offender.
(70) Joel Campbell, a 46-year-old economics professor at University of Central Arkansas,
was arrested, 2 April 2015, on 60 child porn charges. Campbell was trading in child rape on campus and was arrested by campus police. He was placed on paid leave and banned from campus. Two weeks later he resigned. After his home was searched, he was charged with a total of 301 felony child porn charges. His next hearing is scheduled for 21 June 2017.
(71) Gary Spring, a 61-year-old professor and Chair of the Civil Engineering Department at
Merrimack College, was arrested, 19 September 2014, and charged with one count child porn possession. On 10 September 2015, he pleaded guilty to using his college computer to trade in child pornography. He was sentenced, January 2016, to two years in prison and five years of supervised release. Merrimack terminated Spring’s employment within days of his arrest. He had been free on $30,000 bail pending sentencing. Spring had been using his university and home
computers to trade in child sex abuse. During a 16 day period he accessed at least 300 images of child rape. He was caught when Merrimack information technology (IT) staff notified campus security of Spring’s crimes on campus. In addition to his role as a professor, Spring was an administrator for a residential children’s summer camp at Merrimack College.
(72) Christopher Haynes, a 64-year-old retired geography professor at Humboldt
State University, was arrested, 29 August 2014, and charged with four child pornography counts. He was sentenced, 24 February 2015, to 90 days in jail and three years probation. Haynes pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography. The other three charges were dismissed. Upon his arrest, Haynes possessed “thousands” of child sex abuse images/videos. He was caught when a local web-hosting company noticed child porn on their servers and contacted Homeland Security. His bail was set at $100,000 which he posted within hours and was free pending sentencing.
(73) William Merrill, a 58-year-old professor who specialized in internet censorship at
Central Michigan University, was arrested, November 2012, and charged with four felony counts including possession of sexually abusive material, distributing/promoting child sexually abusive activity and using a computer to commit a crime. Merrill pleaded guilty to one count ofreceiving child porn and prosecutors dropped the other charges. He was sentenced, 24 July 2013, to 5.8 years in jail. Upon his arrest, investigators found more than 6,000 images/videos of child sex abuse on Merrill’s university computer depicting extreme violence against children. In total, at home and work, Merrill had “more than 100,000 images and 1,600 videos involving bondage, bestiality and children in noticeable anguish.” Merrill was caught when university information technology staff noticed a large data download and triggered an investigation.
(74) Micah Maurio, a 28-year-old part-time music professor at the University of Southern Maine (USM),
was arrested, 5 December 2014, and charged with dissemination of sexually explicit material of someone under the age of 12. USM suspended Maurio, without pay, “pending a decision on his continued employment with the University of Southern Maine.” Upon his arrest he had “hundreds of images of child pornography.” Maurio was released on personal recognizance and was free pending sentencing. It is not clear what Maurio was sentenced to as the State of Maine has not released these public court records. Maurio is currently a registered sex offender.
There have been other reports of child sex abuse by University of Maine professors. In 2001, Senior Child Protection staffer Cynthia Wellman claimed University of Maine professors were sexually abusing children, along with Child Protection Staff, on campus. The State of Maine has refused to open a criminal investigation.
(75) Larry Gene Peppers, a 67-year-old retired sociology professor from Clemson University,
was arrested,12 February 2015, and charged with two felony counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and four felony counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Peppers was sentenced, 2 March 2016, to 3 years probation. He was free pending sentencing on $60,000 surety bond. Peppers was trading in the rape and torture, PTHC, of children as young as eight years old. Peppers is listed as sex offender.
(76) Robert Joel Rice, a 58-year-old war game developer at Army War College, was charged,
April 2013, with 130 child porn counts. After many delays, Rice was sentenced, 28 December 2016, to 12 years in federal prison, and 10 years of supervised released, concurrent with a four year prison sentence from a military court-martial in October 2016. The Army War College continued to employ Rice and allowed him supervised access to Army computers pending sentencing. He was free on bail pending sentencing. At the time of his arrest, Rice had more than 30,000 images/videos of child sex abuse. His wife had discovered these and notified police.
(77) Kirk Nesset, a 57-year-old creative writing professor at Allegheny College
was arrested and charged, 1 October 2014 with one count each of child porn distribution, receipt and possession.
Upon his arrest he had over 500,000 videos/images of child sex abuse and thirty folders with titles like “kidsfuck.” He was indicted, 14 October 2014, on all three counts. Nesset remained free on $10,000 bond pending sentencing. On 6 April 2015 he was scheduled to plea guilty and is currently serving 76 months, just over six years, in prison. He was caught by an undercover federal agent and
Nesset resigned from Allegheny College, 2 October 2014. Allegheny College cancelled all classes and offered grief counseling.
Nesset is being sued by eight of the victims, depicted in the child rape he traded.
(78) Travis Brown, a 45-year-old assistant professor of graphic design at the University of Arkansas,
was sentenced, 14 October 2014, to five years in jail on child porn charges. He was arrested 6 February 2014 and charged with four counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession. Brown pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child porn in exchange for all other charges dropped. Upon his arrest investigators found some 629 images of children, ages 10–12 years old, being sexually abused. The university terminated his employment on 10 February 2014. Brown’s investigation was triggered by a “tip” to the state police. Pending his sentencing, Brown was under house arrest, $5,000 signature bond, and his father’s custody.
(80) Gary Farlow, a physics professor at Wright State University, was arrested and charged,
25 September 2014, with one count of child porn possession. On 22 December 2014, he pleaded guilty. Farlow was sentenced, 30 March 2015, to ten years supervised release. He was free on personal recognizance pending sentencing. Farlow possessed in excess of 400 images of child sex abuse. Information technology staff discovered Farlow’s crimes on his university computer. Farlow was placed on paid suspension. He has not been employed with Wright State, since 2015, according to his LinkedIn profile. He is listed as a sex offender.
(81) James Uphoff, a 76-year-old retired early childhood education professor also from
Wright State University, was arrested, August 2013, on child porn charges. In October 2013, Uphoff pleaded guilty to one count of child porn possession and was sentenced, 10 September 2014, to 1.2 years in federal prison. He had been trading in child sex abuse for at least a decade. While he was out on bail, pending sentencing, he was caught, again, with child porn. No new charges were brought. Upon his first arrest, investigators found 500 images and two videos of child sex abuse, including children in bondage, on Uphoff’s computers.
Uphoff was caught when he left child sex abuse images on a university printer/copier which was discovered and reported to university police. This triggered a search of Uphoff’s university computer and his home. Uphoff had cultivated a reputation as a leading expert on early childhood education. He also volunteered for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Montgomery County Juvenile Court and served as Ohio’s Education Association Union President and president of the Oakwood School Board.
(82) Richard Pokryfka, a 70-year-old professor emeritus at The Citadel in Charleston,
South Carolina, was arrested, 12 June 2013, and charged with three counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and one count third-degree child exploitation. Pokryfka had been trading in child sex abuse images/videos of children between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. He was caught when he sent an undercover Homeland Security agent child sex abuse images. Originally held on $100,000 bond, he was indicated on 13 August 2013 on two counts of distribution and possession of child pornography. In a deal, Pokryfka pleaded guilty to one count of child porn possession on 24 November 2014.
(83) Frank Lombard, 43-year-old Associate Director of Duke University’s Center for Health Policy,
was arrested, 24 June 2009, and charged on child sex abuse related charges. On 17 December 2009 he pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor and was sentenced, 29 March 2010, to just over 27 years in federal prison. Lombard had been drugging, raping and offering for rape his five year adopted son since the child was an infant. He also live-streamed the infant rape. An informant told investigators he witnessed “Lombard molesting an African-American child on four occasions over an Internet video chat.” Lombard had adopted two African-American children that he sexually abused. His internet profile “stated he was interested in “perv fam fun.” Lombard was caught when he invited Washington DC undercover Detective Timothy Palchak to fly to North Carolina and “have sex with” his 5 year old adopted son. Lombard told the undercover investigator that “he had himself molested his child, whom he adopted as an infant, and that he had allowed others to molest his child.” He said “the abuse of the child was easier when the child was too young to talk or know what was happening” and “he drugged the child with Benadryl during the molestation.” Upon his arrest, Duke University placed Lombard on unpaid leave and terminated his employment in July 2009. Lombard had been employed at Duke since 1999. Both children were taken into protective custody.
(84) Lawrence Scott Ward, 63-year-old now former professor emeritus and Chair of the Marketing
Department at Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, was arrested, 27 August 2006, for child porn production and distribution. On 17 May 2007, Ward pleaded guilty, in Virginia, to producing child pornography for importation into the US and was sentenced to fifteen years in prison. On 17 November 2008, in Pennsylvania, Ward pleaded guilty to four counts of child pornography and sexual misconduct and one count of making false statements to a federal official and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Ward was “an esteemed Ivy League professor,” wealthy Fortune 500 consultant and founder of a nonprofit youth outreach program for at-risk youths. He was earning “five-figure paychecks for as little as two days’ work,” drove expensive cars and had homes in Hawaii and Cape Cod. He had been abusing children for decades before he was caught, and finally imprisoned, by a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Inspector at Dulles International Airport. In 1993 Ward had been charged with child sex abuse including “molesting a 13-year-old there as often as 100 times” but after two highly publicized trials, he was only given probation. The University of Pennsylvania allowed him to remain employed as a professor and he continued to sexually abuse children until his 2006 arrest.
(85) Antonio Lasaga, 52-year-old geology professor at Yale University, was arrested,
19 December 1998, on charges of sexual assault and child porn possession. He remained free on $50,000 bond until his sentencing, on 15 February 2002, to 15 years in federal prison for two child pornography charges and later sentenced to a concurrent 20 years in state prison for child sex abuse charges. Lasaga possessed over 150,000 videos/images of “sexual torture of children” on his Yale and home computers. Prosecutors said the images/videos “can only be described as horrific.’’
Among these were videos of Lasaga repeatedly raping a 7 year old boy, often on Yale’s campus.
In 1991 Lasaga volunteered with New Haven, Connecticut’s Board of Education to mentor disadvantaged youth. He sexually abused the child he “mentored” and produced child porn of the abuse over a five year period.
Prior to this arrest, there were at least four reports of Lasaga molesting young children at swimming pools. In 1981, when Lasaga was a professor at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), he had been charged by Penn State College police with inappropriately touching two boys, 9 and 11 years old at a local pool. The charges were dropped. Shortly after this incident Lasaga left his position as a professor at Penn State, where he had been since 1977, and moved to Yale University’s Department of Geology and Geophysics.
In 1986 Lasaga was accused of touching children at a YMCA pool in Hamden, Connecticut. Five years later, at the same pool, another parent complained Lasaga had molested her son. On 23 October 1998, a Yale graduate student notified Yale staff that Lasaga was downloading child sex abuse images/videos on Yale computers. Yale campus police were notified and they, in turn, contacted the FBI. A search warrant was issued and Lasaga’s child sex abuse collection was seized. Despite his crimes, Yale University retained Lasaga, apparently on full salary, for nearly three years after his 1998 arrest until March 2001 when Lasaga’s tenure was finally revoked and his employment at Yale was terminated.
(86) Beei Huan Chao, a 61-year-old engineering professor at University of Hawaii,
was arrested, 3 August 2016, on charges of charges of possessing and transporting child pornography. Chao was trading in PTHC, pre-teen hard core, which is the brutal rape and torture of small children.
On 4 August 2016, he pleaded not guilt to the federal charges and has been free on $50,000 bond in the custody of his wife. The university placed him on paid leave. His university profile is still live. His pre-trial hearing is currently set for 24 April 2017. This is, at least, the second arrest of a University of Hawaii professor on child sexual exploitation charges.
(87) David Stegenga, a 64-year-old University of Hawaii math professor, was arrested on campus
September 2009, on child sexual exploitation charges. Stegenga pleaded guilty, 18 February 2011, to 12 counts of sexual assault. He had been raping a 7 year old girl over a six year period. He was sentenced to five years probation with no jail time. Local discussion boards had posts expressing concern that he was not sentenced to jail. Stegenga was a neighbor and family friend of the child he sexually abused for years. He “used his finger and mouth to sexually assault her, and also allegedly fondled her using his hands and mouth” several times a week. His university website is still live. He is listed as a sex offender.
(88) Yaron Segal, now deceased, was a 30-year-old post-doctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),
when he was arrested, 28 March 2012, and charged with two charges of traveling to engage in sex with minors and one charge of using the mail to persuade, induce, entice and coerce a minor to have sex. Segal was being held without bail awaiting sentencing when he was found dead, of an apparent suicide, in prison on 13 April 2012. Subsequently, all charges were dropped. Segal had met, in an on-line chat room, a mother offering her 12 and 16 year old daughters for sex. The mother was an undercover agent.
Segal sent the undercover agent links to “a strap-on dildo and vibrator and indicated the children he wanted to buy them for.” In a phone conversation with “the mother” Segal said he was bringing “a dildo, small vibrator for the youngest child.” Department of Homeland Security agents arrested Segal when he landed in Colorado thinking he was meeting the mother who had offered her children for sex abuse.
Segal received his Ph.D. from Yale University in applied physics in 2011. MIT Assistant Professor Tonio Buonassisi said, to MIT’s News Office, Segal was “well-respected among his peers as a brilliant, creative, and dedicated scientist.”
(89) Taj Mahon-Haft, a 34-year-old assistant professor in criminal justice at Radford University,
was arrested twice in March 2013 on child porn related charges. He used his university computer to trade in child sex abuse images/videos. Mahon-Haft pleaded guilty to 50 counts of child pornography possession and, in a deal, another 50 counts of child porn possession, nine counts of production of child porn and one count of assaulting a police officer were dropped. He was sentenced, 19 December 2013, to 100 years in prison with 85 years suspended resulting in a 15 years prison sentence and is now a registered sex offender. He had been released on $10,000 bond after his first two arrests but with his third arrest he was held without bond. Mahon-Haft had continued to download child porn while he was on bond for the pending the other charges. He had been first arrested for drug possession. Investigators had seized his home computer during the drug investigation and discovered some 10,000 child sex abuse images/videos, including of his own ten year son who lives in Washington State with Mahon-Haft’s former wife and the child’s mother. Mahon-Haft was engaged to an assistant professor of photography at Radford University, Leah Gose, at the time of his arrest. She has since left Radford University and is now a professor at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. Mahon-Haft was an instructor at Washington State University (WSU) before joining Radford University.
(90) Neil Mason Williams, a 60-year-old University of Kentucky professor who was
Associate Director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, was arrested, 5 March 2014, and charged with child possession. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced, 11 March 2015, to more than five years in federal prison. Williams was trading in child sex abuse on his university computer. He had downloaded “thousands” of child sex abuse images/videos. Williams had been employed with the university since 1987. Upon his arrest, the university suspended him with pay. Williams, and his wife Deborah who also works at the University of Kentucky, had been honored by Mississippi State University Alumni Association. Williams had been released to the custody of his wife pending trial.
(91) Donald Ratcliff, a 61-year-old Christian education professor who specialized in child psychology
at Wheaton College in Illinois, was arrested, 1 March 2012, and pleaded guilty, 5 August 2013, to one count of child pornography. An additional nine felony counts, including six of aggravated child pornography, were dropped. He was sentenced, 26 February 2014, to 3.5 years in prison. Upon his arrest, Ratcliff had at least 500 images/videos of child sex abuse and rape, including images/videos of children as young as three years old. He told investigators he watched these and masturbated. He saw his criminal behavior as “moral” and claimed “research in Europe determined viewing such images was a way to avoid becoming a pedophile.” Upon his arrest he was held in custody on $750,000. His wife issued a statement saying “My children and I have felt strongly from the moment of Don’s arrest that he needs to remain in the DuPage County Jail. We have not nor will we assist in any fashion in his release.” Ratcliff’s bail was later reduced to $300,000 and he remained free on bail pending his sentencing. Upon his arrest Wheaton College placed Ratcliff on administrative leave and, two weeks later, terminated Ratcliff’s employment. Wheaton College is a Christian institution and the alma mater of evangelist Billy Graham. Ratcliff had been a professor at Wheaton since 2006 and was the author of ten books on children’s spirituality. His wife filed for divorce.
In 2016 another Wheaton College employee, Benjamin Felker, was arrested on child pornography charges. His case is detailed in the Staff Section.
(92) Joseph Jerome Benz, a 52-year-old award-winning psychology professor at the University of
,Nebraska was arrested, 22 May 2013, and charged, at the state level, with three counts each of child pornography possession and distribution.
State charges were dismissed on 7 October 2013 and Benz was indicted, 25 September 2013, on two federal counts of receiving and distributing child pornography.
Benz was found guilty, 26 May 2016, and sentenced, September 2016, to 5 years probation only (federal sentencing guidelines are 5½ to 7 years in federal prison), $9,999 in restitution to “numerous victims” and life-time on the sex offender registry. Upon his arrest, Benz possessed more than 20,000 images/videos of child sex abuse including of infants/toddlers. Benz was free on $10,000 bail during his court process. Elements of Benz’s case have been sealed by the court.
The university placed him on paid administrative leave, 27 June 2013, relieved of his teaching duties and ordered not to have contact with students. He had been developing a distance-learning course using a university IPad for the University during this paid administrative leave. He resigned his position in August 2015. Benz had been employed with the university since 1989.
Benz was also active with the Boy Scouts. Two days after his arrest, the Boys Scouts of America suspended Benz and permanently removed him from all current and future association. His membership and all of his privileges were revoked and he was placed on the Boy Scouts’ ineligible volunteer list.
(93) Matthew Irwin, a 47-year-old professor at Texas A&M University-Galveston,
was arrested, August 2015, and charged on child pornography counts. At the time of his arrest, he had more than 4,000 videos/images of child rape and torture. Irwin was sentenced, June 2016, to eight years in federal prison on one count each of child porn receipt and possession followed by ten years of supervised release.
(94) Walter Lee Williams, a 66-year-old professor of Anthropology, History, and Gender Studies,
at the University of Southern California, was arrested, June 2013, and charged with the sexual exploitation of children and child porn possession and production. Williams pleaded guilty, September 2014, to one federal count of engaging in illicit sexual contact in foreign places. He was sentenced, December 2014, to five years in federal prison. Williams had also been traveling to the Philippines to engage in sex abuse of children and produce child porn. He was a member of the Buddhist Universal Association. He has published ten books and taught American Indian Studies.
(95) Grant Smith, a 50-year-old professor of material science and engineering at University of Utah,
was arrested, November 2011, on child porn charges. Images included the sex abuse of girls between five and ten years old. Prosecutors said “these were explicitly sexual and extremely disturbing.” Grant was sentenced, April 2013, to five years probation with no jail time. He was caught watching child porn in first class on a cross-country flight. The university placed him on administrative leave upon his arrest. He later resigned on 31 January 2012.
(96) Vance Fulkerson, a 63-year-old theater professor at the University of Northern Colorado,
was arrested, July 2009, on charges of sexually exploiting children and unlawful sexual contact. Upon his arrest, investigators seized some 150 DVDs of child sex abuse from Fulkeron’s home. In a deal, 16 counts, including six felony counts of sexual exploitation and nine misdemeanors, were dropped. Fulkerson was sentenced, March 2010, to four years in prison. Fulkerson had hidden a camera in his bathroom, which a former student discovered and reported. He possessed child sex abuse images of boys as young as five years old.
Students and alumni “expressed outrage when Fulkerson received only a four-year prison sentence. He faced a maximum of 12 years in jail.” He was released in 2013 and is a registered sex offender. Fulkerson resigned, upon his arrest, after 18 years with the university. The university had granted Fulkerson tenure despite a long history of reports by students of sexually in appropriate behavior.
(97) Kevin Fuller, a 43-year-old microbiology professor at Columbia College,
was arrested, 19 November 2009, on charges of child porn possession and distribution which included the violent abuse of infants. Fuller pleaded guilty and was sentenced, 9 February 2011, to six years in prison and a life-time of supervised release. He had been using his college computer and email to trade in child sex abuse.
At the time of his arrest, Fuller had more than 300 pictures of child sex abuse on his computer. Prosecutors said the images were “some of the worst images we’ve ever seen” and included “images of extreme violence.”
Fuller’s doctorate is from the University of Chicago, 1994, in molecular genetics and cell biology and he had been chair of the Columbia College Council.
(98) Faiz Al-Khayyal, a professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, was arrested, August 2009, and
convicted, 6 February 2014, on 76 counts of sexual exploitation of children and he was indicted on 201 counts of sexual exploitation of children. Despite this conviction and 201 count indictment, Al-Khayyal was only sentenced, 30 June 2014, to 10 years probation with no jail time. He is a registered sex offender. Al-Khayyal was caught, 5 August 2009, at the airport with child sex abuse on his laptop upon his return to Georgia, after a trip to China. He had been trading in sex abuse and rape of children on his university computer.
University authorities, originally, discovered child sex abuse images/videos on his work computer and contacted Georgia’s Attorney General who notified law enforcement. His bond had been set at $250,000 which he posted in three days and was free pending sentencing. The university immediately suspended Al-Khayyal without pay.
(99) Benjamin Levin, 63 year old “celebrated professor” at University of Toronto
and former Deputy Minister of Education in Canada, was arrested, July 2013, and charged with 61 counts of producing and distributing child porn. On 29 Mary 2015, he was sentenced to three years in jail. He was free, under “the supervision” of his wife pending sentencing. Although Levin is Canadian, given his statue within the North American education community and the scope of his crimes, his case must be mentioned. Levin pleaded guilty to three counts in exchange for having the other charges dropped. He said, in on-line chats, he was interested in “normalizing the subject of sexual touching of children.”
Levin said “he wished he had a son but he’d nonetheless sexually abused a couple of boys as well as his own girls.” Levin “hoped his daughters would ‘share’ their own children (his grandchildren) with him.” He “further expressed his desire to have sexual intercourse with the three kids his chat-pal pretended to have and then introduced the woman, in cyberspace, to another person who apparently had sexual interest in children and, once all nicely interconnected, they discussed the sexual abuse of kids.”
Levin told one on-line mother, in reality an undercover investigator, he would “to “f — — all 3 (of her children) in front of you with your help … would they submit or would I need to tie them?”
(100) Diane Maire Ross, a 45-year-old Chair of the English Department at Lake Forest College,
was arrested, May 2000, and charged with three felony counts of dissemination of child pornography. Ross was indicted, July 2000, on 13 counts of sending child sex abuse images which included young girls and adults involved in sexual intercourse, oral sex and masturbation. Ross pleaded guilty and was sentenced, October 2000, to two years probation, with no jail time. Ross was caught when members of her “child porn ring” came under investigation in California. Ross received her undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees from Yale University. She is the mother of two children and was a local Girl Scout troop leader. Her husband, Willis R. Buck, is a prominant attorney and a former clerk for Judge Milton I. Shadur of the Northern District of Illinois.
(101) Edward Bryan Roberts, a 54-year-old physics professor at Winona State University,
was charged, 12 November 2014, with eight felony child pornography counts. He was using his university computer to trade in child rape and torture, aka child pornography. Investigators found at least 30 videos on Roberts’ computer that showed children, many of whom were determined to be between the ages of 4 and 7 years old and were forcibly engaged in various sexual acts with adult males.” It has been reported that Information technology staff discovered the child sex abuse image/videos in 2011, and some reports say this discovery was made in 2008, on Robert’s university computer and reported this to both university authorities and local law enforcement. It is not clear why it took local law enforcement years to charge Roberts. The university placed Roberts on paid administrative leave, banned him from the classroom and then did not renew his contract.
(102) Gavin Swiatek, a 49-year-old biochemistry instructor at Rutgers University,
was arrested, 10 January 2012, and charged with distribution and possession of child pornography.
Swiatek pleaded guilty and was sentenced, 4 March 2013, to four years in prison. Swiatek used his university computer to trade in child rape and torture.
(103) Andrew Campbell, a 35-year-old English professor at Wake Tech Community College,
was arrested, April 2013, and charged with 12 counts of child exploitation for trade in child pornography. He was also a volunteer at Duke University’s Talent Identification Program, mentoring young children. His online handle was “Mr. Silk 77” and he was discovered by law enforcement on internet sites motherless.com and others sites called jailbait and incest. He was originally held at the Wake County Detention Center on $900,000 bond pending sentencing. He was sentenced, 1 June 2014, to probation only. He is a registered sex offender.
(104) Michael Sullivan, a 49 year old teaching assistant at Florida State University,
was arrested, 27 September 2010, and charged with 46 child pornography counts. He was trading in the rape of infants and used the search term “bib-cam.” Sullivan said he had been trading in child rape for about two years and had at least 1,000 videos/images upon his arrest. He was a Ph.D. student in the English Department and a tutor in the Digital Studio. At least two other FSU employees have been arrested on child pornography charges. They are listed in the following Staff section.
(105) Michael Stroup, a 52-year-old economics professor and interim chair of the Economics
Department at Stephen Austin State University, was arrested, 29 September 2015, on child pornography charges. Stroup was using university computers and networks to trade in child rape and torture. He was caught when another employee reported “inappropriate photos” on shared department file.
Stroup had searched for “tween nude girls,” “tween girls off their bikinis” “pregnant girls under 16” and “pre puberty girls.” There were thousands of photos upon his arrest. Stroup was suspended with pay. His Ph.D. is from Florida State University. As of August 2016, the case was still open.
(106) Dennis B. Tomashek, a 54-year-old health and science lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-
Tomashek had posted child sex abuse images to his public Tumblr account. At the time of his arrest he possessed child sex abuse images including of a toddler. Tomashek’s employment with UWM has been terminated. He had been employed by UWM since 2007.
Tomashek is the third UWM employee arrested on similar charges. Dobberke (detailed in (26) staff entry) was arrested, 20 March 2019, on ten child pornography counts and Anthony Azenabor was also charged in March 2019 of multiple sexual assault counts.
(107) Duff Campbell, a 59-year-old Associate Professor of Mathematics at Hendrix College,
Campbell had been hosting Rwandan students in his home with the Rwandan Presidential Scholars Program funded by the William J. Clinton Foundation and linked with Bridge2Rwanda. Campbell also traveled to Rwanda to assist with student selection.
Campbell has been employed at Hendrix since 2000. He is a Harvard graduate, class of 1989, with a doctorate from Boston University. He is a US Army veteran and previously taught at West Point, the US Military Academy.
The college placed Campbell on administrative leave and banned him from campus. Campbell is married, father of two children.
(108) Eugene Michael Hendrix, a 60-year-old (now former) professor at Missouri State University
(MSU), was arrested, 8 October 2013, on child pornography charges. Hendrix pleaded guilty, 14 March 2014, and was sentenced to 20 years in jail followed by a lifetime of supervised release.
At the time of his 2013 arrest he had 70,000 images/videos of child sex abuse. Hendrix was caught when he attempted to meet an undercover investigator posing as a father offering his step-children for rape and Hendrix responded to the offer.
Hendrix had been a biomedical sciences professor at MSU from 1995–2007 after he had served three-and-a-half years in prison for the rape of a nine-year-old boy in 1983. He was a registered sex offender when MSU hired him and that status was known to MSU officials at the time of his hiring. When a MSU student discovered, and reported, his sex offender status, in 2007, Hendrix resigned with a $166,000 pay-out by MSU.
(109) Robert Bentley Jackson, a 64-year-old assistant professor of information systems at
Jackson resigned his university position the day after his arrest, 17 February 2006. He had been trading in child sexual abuse images/videos on his university computer.
(110) Michio Zushi, a 55-year-old adjust professor at Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University,
was arrested and charged, March 2014, with aggravated sexual abuse of a 12-year-old child. In July 2014, Zushi accepted a plea deal. In September 2014, Zushi was sentenced to 7 months in jail with the potential of serving half of that time under house arrest. He was also sentenced to 3 years of supervised release after completion of his sentence and restitution to the victim. Both universities did not renew Zushi’s contracts after his arrest.
(111) Guy R. Rosenschein, a 63-year-old pediatric surgeon and adjunct clinical professor at
At the time of his arrest, he had hundreds of images/videos of child sex abuse and a former child patient, a 16-year-old boy, nearly naked in Rosenschein’s bed.
Rosenschein owns two planes and a helicopter and transported the child to Florida, Arkansas and Nevada. At least 16 lawsuits from families of former child patients have been filed against Rosenschein, alleging he “inappropriately touched or photographed their children during exams or surgeries.”
Two years after his arrest Missouri medical board revoked his license. New Mexico’s revoked his license four months after his arrest and New York revoked his license in December 2018. The University of Missouri terminated his employment immediately after learning of his arrest.
The FBI Albuquerque office is seeking information of additional victims. 505–889–1300.
(112) In Soo Ahn, a 63-year-old Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at
Bradley University, was arrested, 2006, on felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child. Ahn pleaded guilty and, in 2007, was sentenced to four years probation. Ahn had sexually assaulted a 13-year-old female relative.
Bradley University students discovered Ahn was a registered child sex offender and started an online petition demanding Bradley University terminate Ahn. Students argued that by “continuing to let this convicted pedophile teach, Bradley University stands by this convicted sexual predator.” The students said “words cannot describe how disgusted we are that Bradley continues to employ In Soo Ahn.”
Bradley University was aware of Ahn status as a registered child sex offender and allowed his continued employment and promotions. The university’s president, Gary Roberts, claimed the university was “in compliance with all legal requirement for a sex offender working on campus.” Ahn was employed with Bradley for 32 years.
In the face of student outrage, Bradley University allowed Ahn to retire, presumably with full benefits, rather than terminate him, which Ahn told the student newspaper was “unfair” towards him. Ahn is a registered sex offender in Illinois.
(113) Brian Birky, a 61-year-old director of the Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute at
Birky was trading in the rape and abuse of children as young as 18-months old. Sheriff Grady Judd, of Polk County Florida, said “I couldn’t even begin to describe the images that were found on this man’s computer. It’s both sickening and very sad.”
Florida Polytechnic University placed Birky on leave without pay immediately after his first arrest. Birky resigned on 12 March 2019. Birky’s wife, Malysavanh Birky, remains employed at Florida Polytechnic University as library assistant.
Birky is free bond pending his next court date scheduled for 24 May 2019.
(114) James (Jaime) R. Lara, professor of medieval art history at Arizona State University (ASU), resigned,
November 2017, after the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn revealed Lara sexually abused multiple children as young as 9-years-old over many years in his position as a priest. Lara was chaplain of the Boy Scouts and head of the altar boys.
Lara was defrocked, in 1992, for his crimes against children. He was then hired by Colombia University, University of Notre Dame, California State University-Los Angeles and Yale University, where he was employed from 1995 to 2009 and was chair of the religion and the arts program. Arizona State University hired Lara in 2013.
Although survivors and survivor-advocates contacted the universities employing, reporting his predatory past, the universities, apparently, ignored the information about Lara. Apparently, no criminal charges were filed against Lara; although, now, New York State has expanded the statute of limitations (SOL) on child sex abuse crimes, including a “look-back window,” and charges may still be brought.
(115) Howard Joseph Vorder Bruegge III, a 35-year-old math professor at Hillsborough Community College,
Bruegge also took videos of college students, without their knowledge, through peep-holes in campus bathrooms and distributed these on-line.
He is held without bond pending sentencing and is no longer employed with Hillsborough Community College.
(116) Robert Miller, a 66-year-old Chair of the Music Department at University of Connecticut,
was investigated for a series of substantive allegations of child sex abuse over the course of his career.
Miller, reportedly, sexually abused children at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a camp for terminally and “seriously ill children,” when he was a counselor (1989 to 1992), sexually abusing students at Whittier Intermediate School in Fairfax, Virginia when he was a teacher (1960s to 1970s), sexually exploited UConn students and supplied students with drugs. Miller volunteered, for several years, in the former Soviet Union, in recreational centers for pediatric cancer patients.
University administrators were aware of allegations since, at least, 2006. In 2013, UConn contacted law enforcement and prosecutors, hired an independent investigator and released an investigative report. The investigation found “strong, credible evidence” Miller “engaged in serious misconduct with minors and with University students” and “the response of University officials prior to February 2013 was insufficient to ensure the safety of minors on campus and University students.”
Miller was employed by UConn since 1982 and served as chair of the music department. He was placed on paid administrative leave and barred from campus in late June 2013. Miller was, later, allowed to retire with his full $69,000 annual pension. His salary was $135,000. UConn is a public university funded by tax-payers. Connecticut’s statute of limitations (SOL) for felony sex crimes is one of the shortest in the country; however, as of March 2018, action is under way to eliminate SOL for child sex abuse crimes in Connecticut. Miller may yet be charged.
(117) Adolfo Zayas-Bazan Albaisa, a 56-year-old
adjunct professor at the University of Miami and Florida International University, was arrested on child sex abuse related charges and pleaded guilty, February 2019, to one count of child pornography possession and was sentenced, 29 April 2019, to 6.5 years in jail followed by 20 years of supervised release. Albaisa maintained two storage units housing over five thousands images/videos of child sex abuse. Albaisa’s graduate degree, in architecture, is from Harvard University.
(118) Sterling Van Wagenen, a 71-year-old, professor
Van Wagenen was previously reported to law enforcement for sexual assault on a young boy, Sean Escobar. Van Wagenen admitted to this abuse; however, chargers were not brought in Escobar’s case. After an audio recording of Van Wagenen’s admission of the sexual assault on Escobar was made public in February, Van Wagenen resigned from the University of Utah. The Salt Lake Film Society severed ties with Van Wagenen. Van Wagenen was director of the School of Film and Digital Media at the University of Central Florida in Orlando (1999-2004) and an adjunct professor of film at Brigham Young University (1993–1999). He co-founded the Sundance Film Festival with Robert Redford. His sentencing is set for 2 July 2019. He has been free on $75,000 bail.
(119) Charles Morgan, a chair of the math department at Lock Haven University,
was arrested, 1989 in Kentucky on federal charges of two counts of sodomy and one count of sexual assault against two children, one of whom was an 8-year-old boy. He was found guilty and sentenced, 1990, to five years in jail — serving only 3 years nine months by enrolling in a therapy program. It is unclear if theraphy was provided for his victims.
The university terminated Morgan, 2016, after learning about his child sex abuse sentence. In March 2019, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court denied an appeal of a lower-court decision directing Lock Haven University to rehire Charles Morgan. Morgan failed to disclose his criminal conviction when hired. The university became aware of Morgan’s crime after completing a background check in 2016. Morgan had been employed with Lock Haven University from 2004–2016 and involved in a math competition for high school students. Morgan received, in 2003, a doctorate in mathematics from Michigan State University.
(120) William Matthew Carter, a 52-year-old English
professor at Auburn University, was arrested, 10 May 2019, on possession of child pornography charges in Blacksburg, Virginia and five additional child pornography related charges in Auburn, Alabama on 13 May 2019. Carter is detained in Virginia awaiting extradition to Auburn, Alabama where he will be held pending posting of a $50,000 bond.
Auburn University terminated Carter’s employment on 10 May 2019. This is, at least, the third arrest at Auburn University. Michael Glenn Rich, Assistant Professor of Journalism at Auburn University, was arrested, 16 November 2017 and his arrest in detailed in entry (11). Auburn University Police Lt. Dennis Rae Ledbetter is detailed in entry (9) under the staff section.
(121) Nikos Pappas, a 41-year-old professor of music
at the University of Alabama, was arrested on two child pornography charges and pleaded guilty in July 2017. He was sentenced, 30 November 2017, to six years in federal prison and supervised release for life.
Pappas was trading in child rape on his university computer. At the time of his arrest he possessed hundreds of images and videos of child sex abuse. He was placed on leave, 22 September 2016, and terminated 15 May 2017.
(121) Kevin Connor Armitage, a 53-year-old professor
of American Studies at Miami University (Ohio) was arrested, 30 May 2018, on charges of crossing state lines to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. Armitage was indicted, 26 June 2018, and pleaded guilty on 1 May 2019.
Armitage was caught in Missouri attempting to sexually abuse a 14-year-old child. He was a “senior member” of a website providing information on trafficked children and adult commercial sex trade where he detailed his experiences in Ohio, Arizona, Kansas, Colorado, and Tijuana, Mexico. His on-line name was “CletusTheYokel.”
(122) Thomas Fairleigh Denove, a professor emeritus
at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television and former chair of UCLA’s Cinematography Department at the American Film Institute (1988–1994), pleaded no contest to two counts of child sexual assault and not guilty to a third, related, charge in November 2018. On 21 May 2019, Denove was sentenced to eight years in state prison. His bail, $2 million (USD), was posted 28 November 2018 and he was free during sentencing.
UCLA allowed Denove to retire, presumably with full benefits, after the charges had been brought and issued a statement claiming the university “was not aware of the charges against Denove” the student newspaper, The Daily Bruin, published the story of child sexual assault charges brought against Denove. UCLA does not conduct background checks on faculty hires.
(123) Reginald Archibald, a now deceased (2007), pediatric endocrinologist
Rockefeller University Hospital, sexually abused, an estimated, thousand , or more, children, and produced and distributed child pornography of the abuse. Archibald saw some 9,000 children over 40-years at the university and may be “one of the most prolific abusers in recent history.”
Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, where Archibald was a volunteer, and Rockefeller University have asked survivors to come forward and are conducting investigations. Archibald also volunteered at multiple summer camp pools in Lower Hudson Valley and New York City in order to target children. The Boys and Girls Club had awarded Archibald with their American Medallion Award for his 26 years of “service.” More than 150 survivors are now suing Rockefeller University.
(124) Joshua Robert McDill, a 46-year-old adjunct
professor at Napa Valley College, was indicted, 15 February 2018, with child pornography possession and distribution charges. McDill originally pleaded not guilty but later admitted to both charges and, in a plea deal, was sentenced, September 2018, to 6.5 years in prison per charge to be served concurrently followed by seven years of supervised release. McDill must register as a sex offender. McDill used methamphetamine including while engaging in the trade in child rape images/videos. McDill was previously employed at the University of Alberta in Canada.
(125) Paul W. King, a 62-year-old professor at
King was indicted on all three charges, 9 April 2018, and is free pending sentencing. His next court appearance is scheduled for August 2019.
New Jersey Institute of Technology placed King on unpaid leave upon news of his arrest and pending sentencing.
(126) John Porter, a 63-year-old biology professor
and Director of Biology Graduate Programs at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, was charged and indicted, 4 February 2016, on two child pornography counts-receipt and possession. Porter was sentenced, 22 February 2018 , to five years in prison followed by five years of supervised release plus $54,500 in victim restitution and a $5,000.00 Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA) fee. Porter was employed by University of the Sciences for more than 35 years and, 2011, awarded the Lindback Foundation Award For Distinguished Teaching. He was in home detention on $100,000 bail pending sentencing.
(127) Brian Coley, a 50-year-old assistant English
Coley was released when 10% of his $100,000 bail was posted and is free pending his next court date.
Joliet has placed Coley on paid leave pending the outcome of the case. This is, at least, the second related arrest of a Joliet Junior College employee. In 1995, college trustee Thomas Smith was arrested on three child pornography related charges. Smith was sentenced, in a plea deal, in 1996, to 2.5 years probation, 250 hours of community service and a $2,226 fine.
(128) John Lewis, a 68-year-old former associate
professor at Missouri Southern State University, was arrested on child pornography charges and pleaded guilty, 9 October 2013, to one count in a plea deal after he was indicted, 28 February 2013. In November 2013, Lewis was allowed to withdraw this guilty plea in exchange for a lighter sentence (from 10 to 2 years in jail) with a 15 January 2014, guilty plea. He was sentenced, May 2014, to 2 years in jail followed by 10 years of supervised release.
Lewis was also a Sarcoxie school board member. He was caught when he exposed himself to high school students and a search revealed he also possessed hundreds of images of child sex abuse including of children younger than 5-years-old. John Lewis must register as a sex offender upon release from federal prison. Lewis is, at least, the second faculty member at Missouri Southern State University on child pornography charges.
(129) Val Christensen, a 63-year-old associate art
professor at Missouri Southern State University, was arrested and charged, December 2009, on child pornography charges.
Christensen was trading in child rape from his university computer. University police caught Christensen and alerted local law enforcement for assistance in the investigation.
Christensen was free on $3,500 bond pending sentencing. He began his employement with Missouri Southern State University in 1979.
(130) Philip Gregory, a 48-year-old pharmacy
assistant professor at Creighton University, was arrested, 2016, and charges on child pornography charges. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced, 21 June 2019, to eight years in jail followed by 10-years of supervised release and a $4,500 fine. At the time of his arrest he possessed some 25,808 image files and 174 videos of child sexual abuse.
(131) Mark Fugler, a 61-year-old professor of civil
Fugler was convicted, 6 June 2019, on nine counts. He had been free on $200,000 bail prior to his indictment and is currently in custody awaiting sentencing. Embry-Riddle suspended Fugler, August 2017, without pay, after his arrest. He then brought a civil suit against Embry-Riddle for suspending him without pay. The suit is on hold pending the outcome of his criminal charges. He had been employed at Embry-Riddle since 1996. Fugler was caught by the child’s mother who reported the offense. Fugler’s son is an FBI agent in Florida.
(132) David Blasczak, a 69-year-old pediatrician
with Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)’s family medicine program, was arrested, January 2018, on child pornography related charges. He was sentenced, 21 November 2018, to 21 years in federal prison.
Blasczak sexually abused girls aged 7–12 years-old at his daughter’s sleep-over parties and created child pornography of this abuse that included at least 40 different incidents involving approximately 8–10 children. At the time of his arrest he had over 8,000 thousands of images of child sex abuse including of infants and toddlers. This is at least the third RIT employee arrested and prosecuted on similar charges. Please see Peter Kiwitt (entry 2) and Robert Jason Fain (entry 133).
(133) Robert Jason Fain, a 51-year-old
instructional technologist at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), was arrested, 26 August 2011, on child pornography charges. Fain was trading in child rape at work on RIT networks/computers. RIT discovered this criminal activity and notified the FBI. Fain was suspended pending the investigation outcome. Fain was also a news producer, director and anchor on local TV and radio. He, apparently, committed suicide September 2011, fifteen days after his criminal arraignment.
(1) Edward Michaels, 67-year-old Director of the Counseling Center at University of Pittsburgh,
was arrested, 24 May 2017, on child pornography charges.He was caught when someone reported to police photographs of young girls were in Michaels’ home. Previously, Michaels worked, for 12 years, at Children’s Memorial Hospital in child clinical psychology. He was released from custody after his arrest on non-monetary bond with his next court date scheduled for 1 June 2017. The university placed Michaels on leave without indicating if the leave was paid or unpaid.
(2) Adam Zydney, a 26-year-old former instructor at the John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth
(a summer program for K-12 grade children) and a Penn State graduate student in the math department, was arrested on 31 August 2015, on 836 felony child pornography charges.Zydney had over 500 files of child sex abuse. He told investigators he had been trading in child sex abuse since he was a teenager.
At the time of his arrest there was no date set for sentencing because Zydney appealed to Superior Court, 26 August 2016, to dismiss all charges. Superior Court has not yet set a date for oral arguments. By April 2018, all charges were dropped due to alleged misconduct of the previous DA involved in the case. Zydney is the son of school board member Laurel Zydney. He was free on $15,000 unsecured bail throughout the process.
(3) Ryan K. Gavigan, a 28-year-old employee in Syracuse University’s Office of Student Rights
and Responsibilities and Assistant Residence Director, was arrested, 20 December 2017, on child pornography charges. Gavigan pleaded guilty, 30 January 2019, and was sentenced to 10 years probation and must register as a sex offender. Syracuse University suspended Gavigan upon news of his arrest. He is no longer employeed at the university.
(4) Andre Rudolph Barbins, a 45-year-old swimming coach at St. Mary’s College in Maryland,
was arrested, 12 February 2016, and charged with one countof sexual solicitation of a minor and one count of providing obscene material to a minor. On 7 November 2016, charges were placed on inactive docket pending a plea resolution. Barbins was caught 19 October 2015, when the Knox County Sheriff’s Department in Illinois received a tip about the sexual exploitation of a child in Knox County. Barbins had been St. Mary’s head swim coach for 18 years. The college terminated his employment upon news of his arrest.
(5) Dayton Cramer, a 70-year-old Deputy General Counsel at Florida State University (FSU),
was arrested, 14 February 2017, on charges of soliciting aminor for sex. Cramer was caught by undercover agents posing as a step-mother offering her 13 year old daughter for rape. When he arrived at the location, intending to sexually abuse a child, police arrested him.
FSU terminated Cramer immediately upon receiving his criminal complaint. Cramer also resigned during the process of his termination. He is a retired US Army colonel, with tours of duty at the Pentagon, and was previously the chief legal counsel for US Military Academy at West Point where he also had issues with sexual harassment and/or discrimination against female staff. Cramer is under house arrest pending his next hearing.
(6) Jeffrey Davis, a 37-year-old elective coordinator at Florida State University’s College of Medicine,
was arrested, September 2013, on 29 counts of child pornography possession.
(7) Jon Riveire, a 32-year-old Assistant Director for Student Conduct in Office of Student Ethics
at Indiana University, was arrested, 12 May 2015, and charged with six felony child pornography counts. Riveire was trading in child rape, including of children aged three-five years old, on university computers and networks. He pleaded guilty to one count, November 2016, in exchange for having the other charges dropped and was sentenced, 27 February 2017, to two and half years which appear he may spend under house arrest, serving no jail time. He will be on the sex offender registry.
Although he is prohibited from contact with children under 16 years old, the court provided an exception to his own two young children; one of whom is two years old. He will retain unsupervised access to his own children. Riverie was responsible for hearing cases of student misconduct in residence halls. The university terminated his employment upon his arrest.
(8) Benjamin Felker, a 28-year-old employee of Wheaton College in Illinois, was arrested
September 2016, and charged with four felony counts of possession of child pornography on his home computer. In a plea deal, he pleaded guilty to one count of child pornography possession and was sentenced, 15 May 2018, to four years in prison.
Felker had, at least, “dozens of videos and about 1,500 images depicting child pornography” at the time of his arrest.
Wheaton College placed Felker on unpaid leave and barred from campus upon news of his arrest and later terminated Felker. Wheaton College President Philip Ryken released a statement stating “As a Christian community, Wheaton College fundamentally opposes the production and use of pornography, especially child pornography, which by its very nature exploits and victimizes the most vulnerable.”
(9) Dennis Rae Ledbetter, a 46-year-old Auburn University Public Safety lieutenant who also
taught women’s self-defense class, was arrested, 2 December 2016, on three counts of child porn possession. In a deal, Ledbetter pleaded guilty, 20 December 2017, to two charges and was sentenced to 6.5 years in jail per count concurrently followed by 5 years of supervised release per count concurrently. Ledbetter must register as a sex offender.
At the time of his arrest, Ledbetter possessed more than 800 child rape images on his university computer. He also had 7 thumb drives in his university office with over, 5,500 images and 111 videos of child sex abuse. The university placed Ledbetter on leave. He was free on $90,000 bond throughout the sentencing process.
(10) Paul Bradley Meagher, a 43-year-old University of North Dakota campus police officer, was arrested
4 November 2015, on ten felony child porn counts. All ten state charges were dropped in lieu of Meagher pleading guilty to three federal child pornography charges. On 6 February 2017, Meagher was sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by ten years of supervised release. At the time of his arrest Meagher had more than 100,000 images/videos of children being raped and torture including the rape of a four year old child. Meagher worked at the Grand Forks Juvenile Detention Center before his university employment.
(11) Trevor Theron Long, a 29-year-old South Florida State College information technology (IT)
employee was arrested, 12 May 2014, on 51 counts of child porn possession. His bond was set at $5,000 per count. He had been in custody since his May arrest. Long was re-arrested in jail, 19 February 2015, and charged with an additional 42 child porn counts bringing the total charges to one count of possession of obscene materials and 92 counts of transmission of obscene materials.
Long was trading in the rape and torture of children, aka child porn, that included “children, ages 4 to 10, either performing sex acts or having sex acts performed on them.”
South Florida State College terminated Long’s employment for violating college policy regarding use of campus technology. He had been using his South Florida State College computer to trade in child rape and torture.
(12) David Linnehan, a 39-year-old information technology (IT) staff at Springfield College,
was arrested, 1 April 2013, and charged with 11 counts of child porn possession, 13 counts of unauthorized access to a computer system, eight counts of distributing material showing a child in the nude, two counts of posing a child in the nude and single counts of possessing a firearm without a firearm identification card, improper storage of a firearm and attempting to commit a crime. Linnehan was indicted, 16 January 2014, on 37 counts. He pleaded guilty, 3 February 2015, to more than 30 charges. Linnehan was free on $25,000 bail pending sentencing. He was sentenced, 24 February 2015, to 8–10 years in prison.
In addition to possessing more than one million videos/images of child sex abuse, Linnehan also illegally access student computers and email accounts and stole private photographs. Linnehan was caught when Amanda Lambert, a mother in California, was caught producing and distributing child sex abuse images/videos of her own children. Lambert pleaded guilty 6 October 2014 to sexual exploitation of a child and distributing child pornography and was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison. Linnehan had been trading child sex abuse images with Lambert, including those of Lambert’s own 4 and 6 year old daughters. Springfield College placed Linnehan on administrative leave on 2 April 2013, and terminated his employed on 5 April 2013. Linnehan is the father of a 4 year old boy.
(13) Daniel Shaw, 47-year-old information technology (IT) staff for Purdue University,
was arrested, 23 September 2014, and charged with two felony counts of possession of child pornography and a felony count of child exploitation. He pleaded guilty, 27 January 2015, to child porn possession. He was set to be sentenced 7 April 2015. He had been trading in videos/images of children in “nude or in states of undress in sexually suggestive poses, engaged in sexual activity or being subjected to sadomasochistic sexual abuse.” He was released on $500 cash bond plus $5,000 surety. He had been employed at Purdue since 2009. The university said he had left his position, upon his arrest, for “personnel reasons.”
(14) Steven Germinder, a 58-year-old finance employee at University of Michigan,
was arrested on child porn charges and indicted, 11 March 2015, on one count each of child porn distribution, receipt and possession. Germinder was trading in child sex abuse, including bestiality, from his university computers. A university security officer alerted university police. Upon his arrest, investigators seized some 64 DVDs from his home. An initial forensic exam detailed 20,000 images “which represented only a small portion of the image files.” An estimated 3,000 were of child sex abuse. A 12 page long spreadsheet listed the child sex abuse he was trading. Germinder remained in custody pending trial. The university terminated his employment.
(15) Jeffrey Shira, a 60-year-old information technology (IT) employee with Ohio University,
was arrested, 18 February 2015, and charged with ten counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor. Shira was held in Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond. Investigators seized a “large amount of child pornography” from his home. Shira was caught when he mistakenly left two flash drives containing child sex abuse images/videos in a donation he gave to a local church. Upon his arrest, Ohio University placed Shira on paid administrative leave.
(16) Charles Hitlin, 42-year-old Head of Information Technology (IT) at University of North Carolina
was arrested, 18 February 2013, and charged with 47 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. He had previously been arrested, 19 December 2012, and charged with two counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. In a deal, Hitlin pleaded guilty to nine counts of second degree sex exploitation of a minor and all other charges were dismissed. He was sentenced, 28 May 2014, to 15–27 months in prison all of which were suspended making his final sentence only 36 months probation. Hitlin is now a registered sex offender.
Hitlin was caught interacting, from his university computer, on a child sex abuse trading site (chat.motherless.com) with an undercover agent; Detective Mike Deaton who alerted university authorities. Hitlin also used his university email email@example.com to distribute child sex abuse images.
Amy Hitlin, Charles’ wife, was a Senior Assistant Director of University Career Services for UNC’ School of Public Health. In the on-line chats with the undercover detective, apparently, Charles Hitlin pretended he was his wife and posed as “she” and “alluded to sexual acts and intercourse with minors,” said “liked to have sexual relations with 10 or more individuals at a time, including “neighbors and coworkers” and said “her” husband, who was an IT manager on campus, “watched the interactions.” “She” also said “sometimes the neighborhood kids would come over to have sex… a 15-year-old boy brought his 12-year-old brother.” His wife, Amy, was not charged in relation to this case.
(17) Stan Wright, a 58-year-old media employee at Northern Michigan University,
Wright pleaded guilty and was sentenced, 5 January 2018, to 150 days in jail with a credit of 101 days served followed by 60 months of probation.
Wright is a registered sex offender. He is no longer employed at Northern Michigan University.
(18) Randal Ray Schmidt, a 52-year-old maintenance supervisor for Ball State University,
was arrested, 13 April 2016, on child pornography charges. He was held on $175,000 bond. In a deal, Schmidt pleaded guilty to two counts and was sentenced, 28 September 2017, to nearly 3 years jail time — entirely suspended. He was also sentenced to probation.
Ball State campus police arrested Schmidt after a “routine review of information security” alerted administrators that a campus computer was accessing a site with “suspicious content.” Schmidt was suspended and barred from campus. had been employeed with Ball State for 20-years and subsequently, “voluntarily,” terminated his employment. Schmidt is a registered sex offender until September 2027.
(19) Braden Robinson, a 24-year-old residence hall director at Ball State University, was arrested, 1 October 2018, on five child pornography
related counts, including children as young as 8-years-old.
Robinson was trafficking in images of child sex abuse from Ball State campus. Ball State suspended his employment upon his arrest. His case is currently under investigation with his next court date and formal charges still pending.
(20) Pejman Kamkarian, an Information Technology (IT) employee at Southern Illinois University,
was arrested and indicted, 5 March 2019, on one federal child pornography charge and pleaded not guilty, 8 March 2019.
He is free on $10,000 bond pending his 13 May 2019, jury trial.
Kamkarian is no longer employed by the university.
(21) Gregory Cantrell, a 61-year-old Associate Director for Environmental Health
and Safety at Princeton University, was arrested, 5 November 2018, on one child pornography possession charge.
Cantrell has been free on monitored release pending his next court date. No court dates are currently scheduled.
Princeton placed him on administrative leave after his arrest and allowed him to retire, December 2018. He was employed with Princeton for just over 28 years.
(22) David Scott Delaney, a 28-year-old campus police officer at Red Rocks Community College,
Delaney has been free on $60,000 bond pending his next court date scheduled for 28 May 2019.
Red Rocks Community College placed Delaney on administrative leave. He has been employed with the college for just over a year.
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(23) David Rex Briggs, a 44-year-old financial operations employee at University of Nebraska-
Lincoln, was arrested on three counts of child pornography possession and one count of “generating” child pornography and sentenced, 25 April 2005, to five years probation only (with no jail time) per each of three counts (the fourth count was dropped in a plea deal) served concurrently. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender.
Briggs was trading in child rape on his university computer and was arrested by campus police. Briggs had been employed with the university since 2002. He was terminated after his arrest.
(24) Samuel E. LaSala, a 47-year-old, Information
Technolgoy (IT) staff at Montclair University, was arrested on child pornography charges and pleaded guilty on 10 October 2018. He was sentenced 22 February 2019, to five years in jail followed by 5 years of supervised release.
At the time of his arrest, LaSala possessed over 100 child sex abuse videos including PTHC (pre-teen hard core) — the violent rape and toture of young children. LaSala was trading in the rape of children as young as 3-years-old. The university suspended LaSala upon his arrest and he later resigned. He was free on bond pending his conviction. LaSala must register as a sex offender in New Jersey.
(25) George Wright Sessen, a 42-year-old Research Technologist at the Center for Empirical Research
Law, School of Law Washington University (St. Louis) was arrested, 14 May 2019, and charged with child pornography posession and promotion. He remains in custody in St. Louis County Jail in lieu of $200,000 cash-only bail.
Sessen was caught trading images of child rape with an undercover law enforcement officer and arrested when he
attempted to meet the undercover officer to engage in child sexual abuse.
Sessen is also a Committee Chair for Homeless Lunch Project at the First Unitarian Church of St Louis and Director of Street Outreach at St. Louis Homeless Winter Outreach. Washington University suspended and barred Sessen from campus upon news of his arrest. He has been employeed with the university since 2014.
This is, at least, the second child pornography arrest at Washington University. Justin Carroll, 67-year-old Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and interim Athletic Director at Washington University, was indicted, 30 January 2017, on one federal charge of access with intent to view child pornography. His profile is detailed in (21) in the professor section.
(26) Jay Lyle Dobberke, a 63-year-old physics lab
technician at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), was charged, 26 April 2019, with 10 counts of possession of child pornography. He pleaded not guilty, 21 May 2019 and his next court date is set for 13 June 2019.
Dobberke was, allegedly, trading in child rape from university computers. UWM reported that all employees undergo criminal background checks with newly instated additional reference checks design to determine if applicants have a “history of sexual violence.” Dobberke was terminated by UWM on 10 May 2019. He had been employed with UWM since 1992. Dobberke is being held in police custody pending his next court date of 21 May 2019.
Dobberke is the third UWM employee arrested on similar charges. Dennis Tomashek, detailed in (106) entry, was arrested, 20 March 2019, on five child pornography counts and Anthony Azenabor was also charged in March 2019 of multiple sexual assault counts.
(27) Michael Scott Govig, a 44-year-old
assistant softball coach at Creighton University, was arrested, September 2007, on two child pornography possession and receipt charges, respectively. In a deal, Govig pleaded guilty to one charge and was sentenced, 18 June 2008, to five years in jail followed by five years of supervised release.
Govig had a paid account ($79.95 monthly) on a child sex abuse website called “Home Collection.” At the time of his arrest, he had hundreds of images/videos of child sex abuse including of children as young as six-years-old. He was previously an assistant softball coach at University of Kentucky and Papillion-La Vista High School where he was named girls softball coach of the year in 2002 and Nebraska Coach of the Year in 1997, 1999 and 2001. Creighton University terminated Govig upon his arrest. Govig is now a registered sex offender in Iowa and Nebraska.
(28) Matthew Yunho Chan, a 34-year-old Associate
Chan is free on $15,000 bond pending his next court date set for 2 July 2019. He is no longer employed at Virginia Tech.
Are universities and colleges “protecting the institution” and not children being trafficked, raped and tortured? Institutions that protect criminals are corrupt institutions. Protecting child rapists, and those who trade in the criminal enterprise of child rape, cripples institutions. It does not protect them. Ask the Catholic Church.
What Can You Do?
Do you want your children taught by a professor who masturbates to the rape and torture of very small children? Are you comfortable knowing tuition fees help fund these crimes because too many universities and colleges refuse to install software that could report to law enforcement attempts to trade in child pornography by their professors and staff?
Demand action. Request a meeting with the provost or president of the educational institution in your community, the university or college you attended, or the institution where your children are enrolled. Print out this article. Bring it to the meeting and ask if the educational institution has installed software, like NetClean, that reports to law enforcement attempts on their network to trafficked in children. If not, why not?
No more silence. No more “institutional” protection by universities and colleges for those who trade in child rape. No child pornography should ever be traded on university and college campuses. Demand an end to child pornography on university and college campuses.
Lori Handrahan, Ph.D. can be contacted on her website www.LoriHandrahan.com