90 Professors and Staff Arrested for Child Rape And Torture #PizzaGate
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Professors & Staff Arrested for Trading in Child Rape
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?” The answer is yes. A concerning number professors and staff have been arrested for trading in brutal child sex abuse, including of infants. 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,” too many professors and staff are involved in child sex trafficking.
For the past few years I have been monitoring reports of professors and staff arrested for trading in child rape and torture; aka child pornography. My research, which is far from comprehensive, details 98 professors and staff arrested on child rape and torture, aka child porn, charges. This is a small sample and does not represent the total number of professors and staff arrested on these charges. Both the volume and type of crime should raise alarm bells. Yet academic institutions remain silent. Protect the institution, not the children, appears to be the rallying cry at far too many higher education institutions.
As you read these accounts of arrests, please remember these are real children being raped and tortured in these videos and images. American children. Perhaps, even a child you know and have no idea how that child is suffering. It might even be your own child.
Every time an image or video is shared, that child is trafficked again.
Professors, Deans and Presidents
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carroll was 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. He had been at the university for 36 years.
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.
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.
the possession of 15,000 images/videos of brutal child rape including of children as young as two years old.
The prosecuting attorney said, “The children depicted in these images are the victims of horrible abuse.”
Garner had been employed by USF, a Jesuit Catholic University, since 1979.
At the time of his arrest he was an emeritus professor
and, apparently, retains that title. The university, apparently, allowed him to retire upon news of his arrest.
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.”
John Patrick Shannon, a 44 year old Dean of the Levin College of Law
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.
Melvin Lee Sharpe, a 78 year old emeritus professor at Ball State University, was arrested, March 2015, and charged with child molesting and child solicitation. Sharpe’s pretrial hearing is currently set for 15 June 2017, with a jury trial scheduled for 17 July 2017. He is charged with raping a seven year old boy for five years starting in 2006 when Sharpe was full-time faculty at
Ball State. 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 has been free on $35,000 bond pending trial.
Several other Ball State University employees have been recently arrested on child sex abuse related 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.
Gilbert Sams, a 73 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.
Kuo Hsiung Yang, a 33 year old assistant professor pharmacy researcher at
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.
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.
Charles Jones, a 59 year old professor at Union College, was arrested, 22 January 2017, on child pornography charges. Jones was charged with
distribution and possession of child pornography and 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. At the time of this writing, Jones remains in custody pending sentencing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Robert Berardo, a 56 year 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.
J. Martin Favor, a 49 year old English professor and former chair of the African-American Studies Department at Dartmouth College, was arrested, 3 September 2015, on five felony child pornography charges. 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.
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.
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.
charged with two federal counts of receipt/attempted receipt and one count of child pornography possession. He was also charged, in Michigan district court, with three counts of criminal sexual conduct with a six year old child. He has been held without bail pending sentencing. At the time of his arrest, Nasser was in possession of at least 37,000 images/videos of child sex abuse.
More than 60 women and/or girls have come forward with allegations of sexually assault by Nassar and more than 20 women are currently suing Nassar. Allegations include reports that a Michigan State University (MSU) employee ignored reports of sexual abuse against Nasser made in the 1990s and attempted to prevent victims from coming forward. MSU is now the subject of at least three lawsuits by Nassar’s victims. A lawyer for the victims has said that Michigan State University police should not be allowed to remain as lead investigate, as they are not impartial, given the allegations of a cover-up. Michigan State University terminated Nassar’s employment and the State of Michigan revoked his medical license.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elliott McGinnies, 94 year old emeritus psychology professor at American University was charged, 9 October 2015, for sex crimes against children. McGinnies was arrested in 1986 for sexual assault of a nine year old girl. He never spent a day in jail. Charges keep getting dropped by the prosecution. In 1990, American University’s president, Richard Berendzen called day cares, for over a year, seeking sex with children. He contacted Susan Eva Allen, a mother operating a day care whose husband was a detective with Fairfax County Police Department. Allen recorded more than 30 hours of calls.
Berendzen asked if “she and her husband included their children in sex.” He told her he masturbated while talking with her and offered to procure a child for her to use as a “sex slave.” He “described going to sex slave auctions in Chicago and Detroit,” bragged about his abuse of children, his child porn collection, a four year old girl “sex slave” and strapping his wife to a wheel. Berendzen’s calls to Susan Allen followed “a pattern.” Investigators “had been trying to identify the caller on the tape for a year.” From January to April 1990, alone, 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 for Susan Allen, came forward. The Washington Post reported at the time “charges were not brought in a second case.” Berendzen never spent a day in jail. He remained a professor at American University.
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.
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.
Joshua Gessler, 41 year old attorney adjunct professor at George Mason
University 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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