Cops Dig Desperately for a Picture That Can Send a Harmless Old Man to Jail

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University of Virginia Police DepartmentPolice dug through Walter Korte’s trash four times. They searched his car, his office, and his home. They found thousands of pictures, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports, including “magazine clippings of celebrities” as well as “erotic and pornographic pictures that appeared to be printed off websites.” The “vast majority” of the images “appeared legal and depicted adults and transgender individuals.” Some of the photos showed “young men clothed and unclothed,” some of whom “appeared to be in their late teens.” One of those pictures was ultimately determined to qualify as child pornography under Virginia law, meaning that it was a “sexually explicit” image of “an identifiable minor,” i.e., someone younger than 18. As a result, Korte, a former film studies professor at the University of Virginia with no criminal record, faces up to a year in jail and registration as a sex offender under a plea agreement

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