Crime

Utah Professor Grant Smith: I Didn't Look at Kiddie Porn on Plane

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The Utah college professor arrested for allegedly looking at images of child pornography on his computer during an airline flight has pleaded not guilty.

Grant Smith was on a Salt Lake City-to-Boston flight on Saturday when another passenger said Smith was looking at kiddie porn. A flight attendant was notified, who told Smith to shut down his computer. Prosecutors say he then began deleting the images.

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However, police who seized the laptop (and Smith) upon landing in Boston said they found 66 images remaining.

"These weren't photos of a child in the bath that a parent might keep," Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said. "These were explicitly sexual and extremely disturbing."

The 47-year-old Smith is a professor of material science and engineering at the University of Utah. In a statement the school said Smith would be fired if the allegations are true. But:

"Professor Smith deserves a full and fair investigation into this issue. The University of Utah, however, has no tolerance for viewing or possessing of child pornography by any of its employees, regardless of where it occurs."

CNN affiliate WCVB in Boston has more on Monday's court appearance: