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Federal indictment: UT Foundation exec charged in child porn case

May 29th, 2013 12:43 pm by Knoxville News Sentinel

Federal indictment: UT Foundation exec charged in child porn case

Bruce Downsbrough, COO and executive vice president of UT Foundation. (UT photo)

KNOXVILLE — A top officer over the University of Tennessee Foundation is facing federal child porn charges, accused of downloading and possessing illegal material on a laptop.

Bruce O. Downsbrough, the chief operating officer and executive vice president of the foundation, UT’s fundraising arm, was taken into custody Tuesday morning by agents with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Postal Service and authorities with the Knoxville Police Department.

He has been placed on administrative leave. The investigation does not appear to be related to his duties at UT, said spokeswoman Gina Stafford in statement.

The Knoxville News Sentinel has details.

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