Radnor Police : Villanova University Professor Facing Child Porn Charges
By Richard Ilgenfritz
March 31, 2016
Radnor police say a Villanova professor has been charged with possession of hundreds of child pornography images after investigators were alerted to his alleged activities by university officials.
Police say Christopher Haas, 60, of Paoli was arrested Monday and then charged with hundreds of counts.
David Tedjeske, director of public safety at Villanova University, outlined some details of the case during a press conference with Radnor police Thursday afternoon.
“The university takes the security of its electronic systems very seriously and monitors Internet activity across campus for inappropriate use of those resources,” Tedjeske said. “Our security alerted us to a suspicious condition involving Internet access in late March of this year. The subsequent investigation revealed that a faculty member in the History/Classical Studies department had accessed child pornography from a computer in a common area of an office in the [St. Augustine] center.”
Campus security then turned over the information to Radnor police who followed up with the investigation and made the arrest, he said.
Radnor police Lt. Andrew Block said their investigation began March 23 when they were told about the alleged activity on the campus computer.
“As a result of this investigation … it was determined that over the years from 2012 … that [Haas] had over 400 photographs of child pornography,” Block said.
According to Block, on March 25 Haas was charged with 415 counts of sexual abuse of children – stemming from his alleged possession of the 415 child pornography images.
Haas was also charged with criminal use of a communications facility and possession of an instrument of crime. The child pornography and the criminal use of a communication charges are felonies and the possession of an instrument of crime is a misdemeanor.
“This is also an excellent example of the university and the police department … working together collectively to investigate to bring this person to justice,” Block said. Continued...