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UT official fired following child porn arrest

May 30th, 2013 12:33 pm by Megan Boehnke, Knoxville News Sentinel

UT official fired following child porn arrest

KNOXVILLE - The University of Tennessee Foundation fired one of its top officials today, two days after he was arrested in his downtown office on federal child pornography charges.

The foundation, an interdependent organization that manages the university’s fundraising operation, dismissed Bruce Downsbrough, 60, in a letter signed by his boss, foundation President Johnnie Ray. Downsbrough, who made $202,000 annually, had been placed on administrative leave following his arrest.

The foundation is an at-will organization that does not need cause to terminate employment, said spokeswoman Tiffany Carpenter. Downsbrough will be replaced in the interim with Lisa Taylor, who had been the foundation’s controller. The organization has assembled a senior team to support her, Carpenter said.

Read more at the Knoxville News Sentinel.

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