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Utah professor arrested for watching child porn on flight

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Utah professor arrested for watching child porn on flight

Top news coming in to San Francisco is that an engineering professor has been charged with possessing child porn on a Delta flight out of Salt Lake City.

The news source, newser.com, says that the engineering professor, who works at the University of Utah, was seen watching child porn when his Delta flight was flying from Salt Lake City to Boston on Saturday.

According to newser.com, a fellow passenger noticed that Grant Smith (who was traveling in first class) was watching child pornography on his laptop.

That passenger then took a photo of what was on Grant's computer, emailed it to a family member and asked that family member to contact the police, says the Boston Globe.

Subsequently, Grant was arrested at Boston's Logan Airport, where officials found "disturbing images of child pornography" on his computer, said a spokesman for the police.

Grant was arraigned today and has been put on administrative leave by the University of Utah.

Says the university: “Professor Smith deserves a full and fair investigation into this issue. The University of Utah, however, has no tolerance for the viewing or possessing of child pornography by any of its employees, regardless of where it occurs. If the allegations against Professor Smith are found to be true, the university will immediately seek Professor Smith’s dismissal.

According to the Washington Post, the investigation is still ongoing and Grant Smith is scheduled to return to court on Dec. 27th. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The above comes after other universities -- Penn State and Syracuse have been in the news for sex scandals and child abuse.

See articles by this Examiner here:

Syracuse University fires basketball coach, Bernie Fine, for molestation (photos

SF hears: Joe Paterno has lung cancer

Penn State: victim felt he couldn't say no

Penn State Paterno retired, wishes he had done more

Football Coach, Joe Paterno retires, riots break out (photos)

Penn State victim felt he couldn't say no

Penn State vigil honors victims (photos)

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Sources: Boston.com and newser.com

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