University of Virginia Associate Dean Pleads Not Guilty to Child Porn Charges

Associate dean Michael Morris charged with distributing child pornography

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013  |  Updated 10:28 AM EDT
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A University of Virginia associate dean has pleaded not guilty to child porn charges.

Michael G. Morris, 50, is accused of sharing pornographic videos on an Internet peer-to-peer network. Authorities say he logged onto a child porn sharing site nearly 200 times between January and October.

According to court documents, he paid for at least one session using the PayPal account connected to his campus email address.

FBI agents said they downloaded more than 17 child pornography videos directly from Morris' Internet address, the Daily Progress reported.

A federal grand jury indicted Morris in November on two counts of distributing or receiving child porn and one count of possessing child porn involving a minor under the age of 12.

He faces 60 years in jail if found guilty.

U.Va. has suspended Morris, an associate dean and professor at the university's McIntire School of Commerce.

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