“A University of Nebraska at Kearney psychology professor faces six felony counts of possession and distribution of child pornography,” the Kearney Hub reports.
“Joseph J. Benz, 52, is charged in Buffalo County Court with three counts of distribution of child pornography and three counts of possession of child porn,” the paper reported.
A search warrant executed at Benz’s home Tuesday uncovered more than 20,000 questionable image files on his computer, the paper stated, cited an Attorney General’s Office investigation, adding that – if convicted and not placed on probation – Benz faces 11 to 190 years in prison.
According to his faculty profile online, Benz’s research interests include human jealousy and social behavior. He regularly teaches classes such as “learning and conditioning,” “behavioral statistics,” “experimental psychology” and other related courses.
According to his profile, he has been awarded several teaching awards over the years.