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Prof gets charged for child porn

By Laura Katsirdakis
Gazette Staff

You know that particular prof who gives everyone the creeps? You never know what they may be doing in their spare time.

Last week, professor Marc Le Mauger at the University of Guelph was charged with three counts of possession of child pornography. The arrest came following a police investigation that began with the university police, escalated to the Guelph city police and finally to the Ontario Provincial Police child pornography section, said OPP Detective Sgt. Frank Goldschmidt.

"[The OPP was] made aware of it last Friday (Sep. 26) when we received a complaint from the Guelph police who had received a complaint from the campus police," Goldschmidt said, adding the allegation was of university computers being used to access child porn.

"We executed a warrant to search [the suspect's] office and his home last Thursday and Friday," he said. "We found enough to warrant laying charges." Le Mauger's computer systems have been seized and a thorough examination of them is being conducted.

The maximum penalty for this offense is five years in prison, Goldschmidt confirmed. The accused has had a bail hearing in which he was released on condition. His next court appearance will be at the end of October, Goldschmidt confirmed.

"The [police] investigation is ongoing - there are two people [in the child pornography section] working on this case," Goldschmidt said.

Rachelle Cooper, a media spokesperson at Guelph pointed out that the local newspapers and Guelph's news releases specified the arrest was the result of an internal investigation by the campus police.

When asked what the university will do in response to this incident, Cooper pointed out the faculty disciplinary policy will be consulted to determine what disciplinary action will be taken.

Cooper could not confirm whether or not La Mauger would continue to teach at the university.




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