CMU Net censorship expert charged with child porn

Associated Press Modified: November 8, 2012 at 8:30 pm •  Published: November 8, 2012
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According to court records cited by The Morning Sun, a campus IT employee shut down the Internet connection to Merrill's computer because of a high volume of traffic that suggested the computer might have been taken over by outside hackers. Merrill contacted the IT staff when he couldn't get on the Net, and that led to the discovery of three videos of child pornography, the records said.

Isabella County prosecutors charged Merrill on Wednesday with distributing child pornography, possessing child pornography, and using a computer to commit a crime. He also was charged with possession of a switchblade. He had not yet been arraigned by Thursday.

The university said it was asking anyone with possible information about the case to call campus police.

According to the university's website, Merrill's areas of research are censorship and the Internet, the effect on society of the use of children in advertising, the use of the Internet in instruction, and the use of technology in education.