Stephen F. Austin professor indicted on child porn charges

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KETK) - A Nacogdoches County Grand Jury has indicted a Stephen F. Austin professor on multiple counts of child porn.

According to court documents, earlier this month, the Jury indicted 54-year-old Michael Dean Stroup on 14 counts of possession of child pornography. 

It's unclear at this time if he is still employed by SFA.

Back in September 2015, the university confirmed Stroup had been suspended with pay, per campus policy. He was a faculty member and interim chair of the Department of Economics and Finance at the time of his arrest.

According to the university's communications department, an investigation began when images were discovered on a server used by the business college. SFA's Department of Public Safety worked with other law enforcement agencies to determine the origin and nature of the images.

Once it was determined the pictures had been downloaded and disseminated from an SFA computer, officials were able to find no evidence linking the illegal images to SFA students in any way.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, a staff member of the business department made the discovery when she was accessing a shared drive and came upon a photo of a naked, younger female.  She immediately reported it to her superior.

During the investigation, disturbing search terms were discovered by law enforcement on his computer: "middle school pregnant girls, very young petite tiny tween, tween nude girls, pre puberty girls" among others.

Investigators also found inappropriate images of a child sent from the professor's work email to his personal, stated the warrant.

SFA released a statement following his arrest in 2015: 

"We are committed to doing the right thing for students on the campus as well as for faculty members," said Dr. Steve Bullard, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. "We are adhering to those values in the decisions we make regarding this incident."

KETK has reached out to SFA for additional comment following his indictment.

 

Article from EastTexasMatters.com


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