UAFS Professor Arrested In Child Porn Case

A University of Arkansas-Fort Smith professor pleaded not guilty Monday in a federal child pornography case, said Connor Eldridge, U.S. District Attorney in Fort Smith.

Travis Brown remained in jail Monday (Feb. 10) without bond after being arrested Thursday on suspicion of child pornography, according to a Sebastian County Detention Center booking report. Brown, 44, is being held for federal authorities, according to the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office.

The university declined to say on Monday whether Brown has been fired or suspended.

“We are cooperating fully with authorities, be we can’t comment because this is a personnel issue,” said UAFS spokeswoman Sondra LaMar.

A federal Grand Jury issued an indictment Jan. 29 against Brown on suspicion of four counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. While searching Brown’s home, federal investigators discovered 629 images of children aged 10 to 12 years old, Eldridge said. Many of those images were of girls, he said.

Brown’s arrest concluded a five-month investigation by Arkansas State Police and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Eldridge said.

Brown was an assistant professor of graphic design at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, according to a faculty page on the university’s website.

The professor is no longer employed at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, according to Sondra LaMar, director of public relations for the campus.

14 comments

  • John

    I saw where a 97 year old woman got arrested for child porn. I’d be very cautious to assume he is guilty. The 97 year old’s computer was hijacked as a bigger porn server and of course after she spent over $50,000 on lawyers she was cleared.

    The evidence presented in court showed that the old lady, at times we a exchanging/down loading hundreds of images. Turns out at some of these times the old lady was in the hospital.

    Also other cases were neighbors were using unsecured WiFi.

    The lady didn’t really even hardly know how to use a computer.

    Just google wrongful arrest for child porn and you will see thousands of stories.

    I think cops should make computers safer for us if they are going to arrest innocent people for stuff that they didn’t do.

  • bob

    What was a 97 year old woman going to do with child porn just shows the legal systems is out to just make money and robbing that old lady before she kicked the bucket the laws in merica is f**king pethice

  • AGT C

    He must have been one of those liberal teachers that was saying the democrat way was right and blondes believing him.He is as guilty as any other teacher that views this stuff send him to jail!!!!

    • D

      Do you even KNOW him!? Obviously not so shut the hell up, because if you did, you would NOT be saying these things. No one who knows this man would believe him capable of this. I hope to God it’s the same as the case with the 97 year old, because nothing about this makes sense.

  • Elaine

    Arresting innocent people? I think not. It’s arresting people who will stand a trial to decide their innocence or guilt.

    Find a way to deal with the uncomfortable feeling that you knew someone that may be guilty of a heinous crime. THEN consider what happens if you multiply that feeling infinitely and place it inside the head of a child. Believe me, you have less to deal with that you think.

  • I am Anon

    Here come all the “He’s a great guy so he couldn’t have done it” Remember the pervert from Lavaca? This wasn’t just cops picking on a guy, this came from a Grand Jury. Hello.

  • joesumone

    I am not surprised KFSM is keeping this story near the top of the news heap. They REALLY enjoy public shaming people. Except for a certain anchor who was popped for DUI; that story was buried faster than a speeding bullet.

  • Betty North

    It’s not just the anchor with the DUI. If you are the son or daughter of a local affluent family in sebastian county you can get away with all kinds of things.
    Elaine do not assume to know a persons guilt by reading an artical on 5 news. Anyone who paying attention in this town knows that this station is full of news reporters ( who pick up a script and read it verbatim) there are no real journalist ( who investigate stories) working for 5 news.

  • joesumone

    Wow, mention how KFSM loves to publicly shame someone except for certain individuals and see how quickly the story gets buried. That or the lawyer for the accused threatened KFSM. Personally, I think it’s the former and not the latter.

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