A professor of philosophy at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania was arrested last Thursday after child pornography was discovered on his university-issued computer.
Professor Scott Lowe, age 57, was charged with “four counts of sexual abuse of children, relating to the possession of child pornography, and related charges,” according to a press release from Pennsylvania’s Office of the Attorney General (and this Philly Voice article). He was detained at Columbia County Prison last week, and is currently out on $250,000 bail. A hearing is scheduled for February 28th.
According to the Attorney General’s office, “multiple photos that met the criteria of child pornography under the Pennsylvania Crimes Code were discovered on Lowe’s computer after of a routine audit for all Bloomsburg University machines. After further investigation, it was discovered the images were accessed from Lowe’s desktop computer in his office at Bloomsburg University.”
Lowe, a married father of four, was a professor at Bloomsburg for over 30 years, reports WNEP, and for period had been chair of the Department of Philosophy. He has been suspended from his position at the university.
UDPATE (10/1/18): Dr. Lowe was convicted and will serve one to two years in prison, pay a $5,000 fine, and have no future unsupervised contact with children. Details here.