Former CMU Professor Jailed on Pornography Charges

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A judge has set a $500,000 bond for a professor whose research focuses on Internet censorship and the use of children in advertising who's charged with having child pornography on his Central Michigan University computer.

William L. Merrill was arraigned Tuesday in Isabella County court and returned to jail. Judge William Rush holds a hearing Thursday to set future court dates.

The court says Merrill didn't have a lawyer on record and no plea was entered.

The school last week suspended Merrill and barred him from the campus in Mount Pleasant, about 120 miles northwest of Detroit. It says he resigned Monday.

Prosecutors have charged Merrill with distributing child pornography, possessing child pornography, and using a computer to commit a crime. He also is charged with possessing a switchblade.

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