Former USF Dean Pleads Guilty in Child Porn Case

San Francisco Chronicle
December 12, 2006

(12-12) 16:22 PST San Francisco (AP) -- A former dean at University of San Francisco's School of Education pleaded guilty Tuesday to a child pornography charge under a deal with prosecutors that likely will send him to prison for more than five years.

William T. Garner, 66, of San Francisco, acknowledged in the plea deal, reached last month, that he knowingly possessed more than 15,000 images of minors engaged in sexually explicit acts, including images of prepubescent children and violent sexual conduct, federal prosecutors said.

In addition to serving a 63-month prison sentence, Garner also agreed to pay a $50,000 fine to the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center.

If convicted at trial, he had faced a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Garner formerly was the dean of the School of Education at USF and the co-founder and director of the school's Center for Instruction and Technology. He retired from the university in July.

A sentencing hearing was scheduled for March 27.


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