Utah Professor In Porn-on-plane Case Resigns Job


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Salon Staff
January 24, 2012 9:00PM (UTC)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A University of Utah professor charged with viewing child pornography on a plane has resigned.

University spokesman Remi Barron says 47-year-old Grant Smith stepped down last month, several weeks after he was arrested Nov. 26 following a flight from Salt Lake City to Boston.

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He had been placed on paid administrative leave upon his arrest, but Barron tells the Deseret News ( ) Smith left before the school started any internal disciplinary action against him.

Prosecutors say a fellow first-class passenger saw Smith viewing the images and took a cellphone photo before alerting a flight attendant.

Smith was a materials science and engineering professor at the university. He has pleaded not guilty to child pornography possession.

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Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com


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