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

(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.”

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Threadjack
Nov 29, 2011 1:03 AM CST
Wheres my "Sickening" option?! what is with all these pedderasses?!
jerrymac
Nov 28, 2011 10:25 AM CST
If he is found guilty, they may have a problem getting rid of his ass, especially if he is tenured.
wwwonderer
Nov 28, 2011 9:57 AM CST
Really? On a plane? Is there a Mile High club for that too? Child porn is illegal and that is the main issue here. But there is another issue. Would someone have the right to watch regular adult porn in flight? Notice I didn't manner, taste, class, or respect, just the LEGAL right. And in no way am I defending him. Child molesters are sick. But when you think about the ways they get the victims and the positions of trust they abuse, it becomes downright scary for people with kids. I guess I'm saying certain things should be done in PRIVACY.