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Michigan professor pleads guilty in child porn case

FILE - This undated file phoprovided by IsabellCounty Sheriff's Department Mount Pleasant Mich. shows William Merrill Central Michigan University professor

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Isabella County Sheriff's Department in Mount Pleasant, Mich. shows William Merrill, a Central Michigan University professor specializing in Internet censorship issues. Merrill admits in his plea agreement that he had a child porn video on his computer hard drive at Central Michigan University. He also admits to possessing more than 65,000 images. Merrill pleaded guilty Thursday, March 21, 2013, in Bay City federal court and faces at least five years in prison. He resigned from the university in November. (AP Photo/Isabella County Sheriff's Department, File)

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BAY CITY, Mich. — A Michigan college professor who specialized in studying Internet censorship has pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography.

William Merrill admits in his plea agreement that he had a child porn video on his computer hard drive at Central Michigan University. He also admits to possessing more than 65,000 images.

Merrill pleaded guilty Thursday in Bay City federal court and faces at least five years in prison. He resigned from the university in November.

Merrill told a judge that he didn’t watch the entire video but knew it was child porn. Staff at the Mount Pleasant school discovered videos last fall while investigating why 170 gigabytes were transferred from a campus computer.



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