Former CMU Professor Pleads Quilty to Receiving Child Pornography

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Great Lakes Radio NewsMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)Former Central Michigan University professor William Merrill faces at least five years in prison after pleading guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in Bay City to receiving child pornography.

Under a plea agreement, federal prosecutors dropped a second count of the same charge and a count of possession of child pornography.

The 58-year old Merrill, who specialized in studying Internet censorship, admitted that in 2003 he downloaded a video depicting children engaged in sexual acts but that he didn’t watch the entire video.

He also acknowledged having more than 65,000 pornographic images on his computer.

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