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Sex crime linked to state computer

If you are a public employee in New Jersey, pay attention to the sex crime conviction of a former Rutgers University instructor for sharing child pornography online. His conviction was notable not just because he used peer-to-peer networks to share child porn, but that he did so using a state-owned university computer.

The former biochemistry instructor pleaded guilty to a second-degree charge of distributing child pornography using file-sharing technology that allowed others to download videos from a designated folder on his university computer. He received a four-year sentence and will face the penalties associated with a sex crime conviction upon release - registration as a sex offender, and in his case, prohibition against being hired by any state agency in the future.

An investigation into the teacher's activities started in 2001 when New Jersey State Police identified the Rutgers campus as the location of a computer being used to distribute child pornography. They subsequently traced to the computer to the instructor's office with the help of university police and technology specialists.

In January 2012, police seized his university computer as well as a laptop and digital media from his home in Hillsborough home. Rutgers officials reported that they had relieved him of his teaching duties and access to the Rutgers campus. They said that his activities constituted a violation of the university's code of conduct in addition to violating state and federal laws.

Source: mycentralNewJersey.com, "Former Rutgers biochemistry instructor sentenced to prison after child-porn plea," by Mark Spivey, Mar. 4, 2013.

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