Nesset pleads guilty to all charges

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Former Allegheny English Professor Kirk Nesset faces at least five years in federal prison following his guilty plea in Erie federal court on April 6.

Charged with possession, distribution and receipt of child pornography, Nesset had originally entered a plea of not guilty on Oct. 15, 2014.

U.S. District Judge David S. Cercone heard the change of plea. Cercone set the sentencing date for Aug. 10, 2015; however, he agreed to let Nesset report to federal prison before his sentencing hearing, according to news reports. Nesset is free on an unsecured $10,000 bond while wearing an electronic monitor.

The execution of a search warrant on Oct. 1, 2014, state police and federal agents found more than 500,000 images and videos. According to the Erie Times-News, U.S. Assistant Attorney Christina Trabold said that one folder called “young locals” had images of teen girls found on social media, including some members of the local community.

The award-winning writer resigned from Allegheny on Oct. 2, 2014.

 

Correction: In an earlier version of this article, the folder name was said to be “yum locals,” when it is “young locals.” Updated Feb. 20, 2017, 7:16 p.m.

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