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Update: Former UT Foundation officer to stay in jail

June 3rd, 2013 4:28 pm by Jamie Satterfield, Knoxville News Sentinel

Update: Former UT Foundation officer to stay in jail

Bruce O. Downsbrough

KNOXVILLE — A federal magistrate judge today ordered a former University of Tennessee Foundation executive to be jailed pending trial in a child pornography case.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Clifford Shirley cited as a primary cause the fact that Bruce O. Downsbrough admitted to investigators that he had molested as many as five boys in the past.

“Taking away child pornography (as a condition of release) could actually increase the potential for contact offenses,” Shirley ruled.

The Knoxville News Sentinel has the rest of the story.


Earlier report —

A former University of Tennessee Foundation officer accused in a federal child pornography case admitted molesting two boys in his former home city of Boulder, Colo., in the 1980s, testimony in federal court showed today.

Bruce O. Downsbrough, 60, pleaded guilty to sexual assault on a child and sexual assault in the third degree in a 1986 case, according to testimony. The victims, according to testimony, were ages 10 and 11.

Knoxville Police Department Investigator Tom Evans testified that Downsbrough told him he paid roughly $3,500 for counseling for the two boys.

The Knoxville News Sentinel has the rest of the story.

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