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Faculty member's computer seized in child porn investigation

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MT. PLEASANT, MI (WNEM) -

There's disbelief and uneasiness on Central Michigan's campus.

A child porn investigation is in the works and it involves a man many thought they could trust.

"They're here to lead us to a successful path, and how can you be a leader, when you can do something that perverted," said CMU student, Mikhail Prince.

On Thursday March 10, the CMU Police Department took the university-owned computer out of the office belonging to the journalism professor at the center of the investigation.

And they confirm that they've found child sexually abusive material on the computer. Now specially trained officers will dissect the hard drive, looking for more.

"You wouldn't expect him to be doing stuff like that, and especially to be so careless with it. It kind of like ruins the whole mentality we have of him," said CMU student Jesse Weier.

Sherry Knight is the associate vice president for university communications.

She said the university is working closely with the CMU Police Department as the investigation moves forward.

"We're definitely on top of this, we have total trust in our police department and are taking all necessary steps on this case," Knight said.

Knight said the university has placed the professor on paid administrative leave, but said she can't say that is connected to the child porn investigation.

"We have to let the investigation run its course," Knight said.    

The professor has not been charged and it could be days or weeks before charges are filed.

But students are concerned the trust they put into the leader, and university image, are already tattered.

"We're all here trying to do something for the greater good, and then you hear something as sick as that, it's just like, what kind of morals does this person have," Prince said.

No arrests have been made, and the incident remains under investigation.

If you know anything, call CMU Police at calling (989) 774-3081.

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