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Professor leaves JMU during child porn investigation

A communication studies professor is no longer teaching at JMU and is under investigation for allegedly receiving and distributing child pornography, but has yet to be formally charged.

James Lesner Query Jr. admitted his involvement during a search of his home on April 22, according to an affidavit for a search warrant unsealed in U.S. District Court on Thursday.

“The individual is on administrative leave and is removed from all duties at the university,” university spokesman Don Egle said.

Query allowed Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to search his Yahoo! account, where they found images in the photo section of the account, identifying a folder of 124 images that appeared to contain child pornography. A search warrant was issued Aug. 2 for “information associated with [email protected] that is stored at premises controlled by Yahoo! Inc.”

The search warrant ordered to remain sealed for 30 days.

According to the affidavit, “During the interview, James Query Jr. waived his Miranda rights and told the ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] agents that he used his Yahoo! E-mail account …to receive and distribute child pornography. In addition, James Query Jr. used the e-mail account to communicate with other individuals exchanging child pornography images.”

Read the full story at the James Madison Breeze.

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