Professor pleads not guilty on kid porn

Nov. 29, 2011 at 1:58 AM
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BOSTON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A Utah college professor was ordered to stay away from children after being charged Monday with looking at child pornography during an airline flight.

Grant D. Smith was arrested at Logan International Airport in Boston Saturday, CNN reported. The flight crew on his Delta Airlines plane from Salt Lake City notified authorities after a passenger said he was using his laptop to look at what appeared to be pictures of young girls in sex acts.

Investigators said they found 66 pornographic images on his laptop.

"These weren't photos of a child in the bath that a parent might keep," Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said. "These were explicitly sexual and extremely disturbing."

Smith entered a not guilty plea Monday in Boston. A judge set bail at $75,000 and barred Smith from being with children under 16 unsupervised and from using his computer for anything except work.

Smith is an alumnus of the University of Utah and professor of materials science and engineering. The university said he has been placed on leave and will be dismissed if he is convicted.

He has another court date Dec. 27.

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