SVSU professor to take plea deal in child porn case - WNEM TV 5

SVSU professor to take plea deal in child porn case

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An assistant professor at Saginaw Valley State University has taken a plea deal after being charged with possessing child porn.

Robert J. Thaler, 71, had been at the university since 1974. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors will recommend he be sentenced to probation. They also stipulate that he cannot apply for reinstatement as a professor at SVSU.

Thaler had been suspended while the university awaited the outcome of the case.

In June of 2013, SVSU released this statement on the professor's case:

In late January 2012, SVSU became aware of apparent wrongdoing involving the misuse of a University computer by a faculty member. We immediately began an investigation and contacted the Saginaw County Prosecutor's Office. In early February 2012, we sent the computer to the FBI's Mid-Michigan Area Computer Crimes Task Force for further investigation. We also began internal disciplinary proceedings. These proceedings resulted in the unpaid suspension of this individual, who has not taught classes at SVSU since April 2012 and has been banned from being present on campus.

We have been awaiting the results of the FBI's investigation and recently learned that criminal charges have been brought against this individual. The unpaid suspension will remain in effect, pending the outcome of any criminal proceedings. 

Since this is now a criminal matter, SVSU will have no further comment at this time.

 A sentencing date has not been set.

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