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CSUB professor arrested on suspicion of downloading child porn

FILE -- The campus of California State University, Bakersfield is seen Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Carol Ferguson)

An associate professor of psychology at California State University, Bakersfield has been arrested on suspicion of downloading child pornography.

The investigation has been underway for more than a year.

The professor, 63-year-old Theodore Ishida, reported a residential burglary in August 2016. A computer and other electric devices were taken.

Ishida contacted police again months later with a claim that he was being extorted, because the person who had his stolen computer had found that it contained inappropriate sexual content. The person reportedly demanded money from Ishida to keep quiet about the child porn.

Police determined there was validity to Ishida's claims, and they identified 39-year-old Francois Gariepy as the extortion suspect. Parole agents conducted a search of a home in December 2016, detained Gariepy and recovered Ishida's computer.

Police inspected the computer and indeed found child porn, which they believe was downloaded by Ishida from a CSUB computer and then transferred to his personal computer.

The case was handed over the Kern County District Attorney’s Office last month.

Friday, Ishida was arrested on a warrant for possession of child pornography.

Gariepy was arrested on a warrant for attempted extortion. Police Sgt. Ryan Kroeker said they don't know if Gariepy committed the burglary, and he hasn't been arrested for that.

CSUB said Ishida has been on leave since the beginning of the year. The school issued the following statement:

“CSUB took appropriate action once the University was made aware of a Bakersfield Police Department investigation of Dr. Ishida in January 2017. Since that time, Dr. Ishida has been temporarily suspended with pay pending the Bakersfield Police Department’s and the University’s investigation of the matter. Dr. Ishida does not have access to his office or the campus. The University has cooperated with Bakersfield police during the ongoing investigation and will continue to do so.”
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