29 Nov '11, 1am

US university professor accused of viewing child porn during a flight pleads not guilty

BOSTON (AP) - A university professor pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges that he viewed child pornography on his laptop during a flight from Salt Lake City to Boston. Grant D. Smith, 47, was ordered held on US$75,000 (S$97,578) cash bail. Smith, a professor in the University of Utah materials science and engineering department, was arrested on Saturday afternoon on possession of child pornography charges shortly after disembarking the Delta Airlines flight. Smith was sitting in first class when a passenger seated behind him saw the images and became concerned. The passenger took a cellphone picture of what Smith was doing, then alerted a flight attendant. The passenger also emailed a relative about the situation and asked that person to contact police, and the person did, Prosecutor Erik Bennett said. Mr Bennett said that Smith tried to erase pictures of what appeared ...

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