Convicted child pornographer jailed after more found

Convicted child pornographer and retired college professor James Uphoff could face a new set of charges after he was found to possess more explicit materials and child pornography since his conviction last month, according to federal court records.

The latest incident occurred just five days after Uphoff pleaded guilty on Oct. 17, to one federal count of possession of child pornography after investigators found 550 pornographic images and two videos on three of his computer devices.

Since his conviction, Uphoff, 76, had been free on bond and was set to be sentenced on Jan. 21. But the new allegations led to Uphoff’s bond being revoked on Thursday, and him being sent to the Montgomery County Jail this weekend, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Ohio in Dayton.

Uphoff’s bond violation hearing is scheduled for Monday before U.S. District Judge Walter H. Rice. But minutes from Thursday’s hearing noted, “the court will revoke the defendant’s bond… and will remand the defendant to the custody of the United State’s Marshal.”

It notes also that Uphoff “will deny the allegations.”

Uphoff’s original plea agreement called for his sentence to be between six and 24 months. At the time, Rice acknowledged he could either accept or reject the plea deal. If he rejects the agreement, Uphoff could also withdraw his guilty plea and proceed to trial. The maximum sentence for a conviction on this charge is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Uphoff’s lawyer, Jon Paul Rion, could not be reached for comment.

In his first case, investigators found at Uphoff’s residence in Oakwood hundreds of printouts depicting images of naked teenage boys and young adults either in bondage or pornographic poses. Investigators found also on his personal computer hundreds of erotic stories of adults engaging in sexual acts with children and children engaging in sexual acts with other children.

Uphoff retired as a WSU professor of education after a 45-year career, which included serving as associate director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. He also was elected as president of both the Oakwood Board of Education and of the eight-county Western Ohio Education Association from 1974-75.

Court documents show that around Uphoff’s retirement from WSU in September 2012, employees at the campus Paul Laurence Dunbar Library found stories about teenage boys having sex located on a printer and copier that were later retrieved by Uphoff.

Records show a routine search of the computers Uphoff used contained explicit pictures of young males. A Greene County Court issued a search warrant and later, Oakwood Municipal Court issued a search warrant of the home he shares with his wife. The complaint was issued Aug. 6.

Further examination of the computers Uphoff used found 20 images of computer-generated images of child pornography and seven images of child pornography art. Court documents said Uphoff accessed numerous websites with suspected child pornography and that more than 1,000 e-mails were sent and received, many including erotic stories involving sex with children. Some of the printouts indicate they came from social forum websites from as early as 2005.

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