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CSUB professor in court on child porn charge

Theodore Ishida, a California State University, Bakersfield professor accused of possessing child pornography, appears in court in Bakersfield, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

An associate professor of psychology was arraigned Thursday in Kern County court for allegedly possessing child pornography.

Theodore Ishida, 63, was arrested earlier this month and has been on leave from his teaching job at California State University, Bakersfield since the beginning of the year.

The case has its roots to last summer, when Ishida's home was burglarized. One of the items stolen was his work computer with a personal hard drive that contained the child pornography.

Ishida contacted police again months later and claimed he was being extorted. The man who had his stolen computer found the child pornography and allegedly demanded hush money.

MORE | Investigation: Documents reveal details of child porn on CSUB professor's computer

Ishida is charged with one count of possession of matter depicting a minor engaged in sexual conduct.

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