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Former UT Foundation official pleads guilty to child porn charges

October 31st, 2013 8:10 am by Associated Press

Former UT Foundation official pleads guilty to child porn charges

Bruce O. Downsbrough

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former University of Tennessee Foundation executive has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in U.S. District Court in Knoxville.

Defense lawyer Philip Lomonaco said Bruce O. Downsbrough pleaded guilty Wednesday to knowingly receiving material containing child pornography and knowingly possessing child pornography. All other charges against him are to be dropped under a plea deal.

Prosecutors told WATE-TV they will recommend a sentence of 10 years and one month. Downsbrough is to be sentenced in March.

Downsbrough was terminated from his position as chief operating officer after his indictment.

His Knoxville home was searched in November, and his personal computer was seized.

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