Villanova University professor charged with child porn


VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — A Villanova University history professor has been charged with 415 child pornography-related counts after the university contacted police.

Radnor police Lt. Andrew Block says hundreds of images were found in the investigation of 60-year-old professor Christopher Haas. He says Haas also is the subject of a similar 2012 federal probe.

Haas waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Delaware County on Thursday. He’s in custody on $50,000 bail.

Defense lawyer Scott Godshall says the federal case was closed without charges. He says Hass’ Monday arrest marked “a terrible day for a great school and a great professor.”

Villanova spokesman Jonathan Gust says the university was unaware of the federal investigation. He says the university contacted police after security noticed suspicious activity on a computer in a common area. He says Haas is banned from campus.