Utah Professor In Porn-on-plane Case Resigns Job

Published January 24, 2012 4:00PM (EST)

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.

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.


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

By Salon Staff

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