Utah Professor Watched Child Porn on Flight: Police

Fellow passenger took photo of laptop to alert cops

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 28, 2011 3:50 AM CST

(Newser) – An engineering professor from the University of Utah was busted on a Delta flight from Salt Lake City on Saturday after a fellow passenger sent a message to alert police that he was viewing child pornography on his laptop, according to investigators. A passenger behind Grant Smith in the first-class section took a photo of what appeared on Grant's computer, and emailed it to a relative with a message to contact police, reports the Boston Globe. Grant was arrested at Logan Airport in Boston, and investigators found "disturbing images of child pornography" on his computer, said a police spokesman. He has been charged with possession of child porn and will be arraigned today. He has already been placed on administrative leave by the university.

“Professor Smith deserves a full and fair investigation into this issue,” said a statement from the school. “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.”

A fellow passenger alerted the flight crew that another man was looking a child pornography on his laptop, police said.
A fellow passenger alerted the flight crew that another man was looking a child pornography on his laptop, police said.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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