Former University of Alabama Professor Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charges

A former University of Alabama music professor pleaded guilty Thursday to federal child pornography charges, reports

Nikos Pappas, 41, was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals until his sentencing hearing, which has not yet been set.

Pappas was placed on leave in September 2016 when the school first learned of the allegations. He was officially fired in May at the end of the academic year.

He was charged with two counts of receiving and possessing child pornography. Authorities have said hundreds of images were found on a laptop at his Tuscaloosa home and a second computer at his University of Alabama office.

His laptop at his home contained more than 100 videos of child pornography from January 2014 to September 2016. Some showed sex acts with very young children, according to court records.

The computer at his office contained more than 150 images and at least 25 videos of child pornography from between January and September 2016.

The penalty for receiving child pornography is five to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to a press release issued by U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama. The maximum penalty for possessing child pornography is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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