Former UW-Madison Prof Allegedly Collected Child Porn On Campus Computer

There's new information about a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor who was fired after being convicted last year of exposing a child to harmful materials. Records obtained by The Associated Press show he had collected pornographic images on his campus computer for a decade.

The U-W Board of Regents voted April seventh to dismiss L. Keith Cohen, a 30-year faculty member with the UW-Madison Department of Comparative Literature.

A copy of the board's decision released to The AP under an open records request shows a search of Cohen's UW computer found more than two-thousand pornographic images ... as well as e-mails with pornography that were sent to at least two other individuals.

Cohen told university officials he collected the images at work for ten years because his female partner did not want him to have porn on their home computer.

He was arrested more than a year ago and accused of driving to suburban Milwaukee for a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old boy he met in an Internet chat room. A police detective had assumed the boy's identity after his mother contacted authorities.

Cohen pleaded no contest last year to a felony count of exposing a child to harmful materials.


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