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

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

Court documents obtained by Eyewitness News on Monday revealed the full extent of confiscated child pornographic materials downloaded to a California State University, Bakersfield professor's computer.

Theodore Ishida, 63, was arrested earlier this month after admitting to police he possessed the pornography.

Ishida went to police in 2016, saying he'd been burglarized. One of the items stolen was his computer with a personal hard drive.

Months later, he again contacted police. This time he claimed an anonymous source had been extorting him with the stolen work computer and personal hard drive. Ishida worked with police, even meeting with nonuniformed officers on campus to let them search his belongings.

The documents said Ishida told police the pornographic material of children was "sexually exciting" for him when he is "bored." When police searched the psychology professor's home -- with a map layout of the house provided by Ishida -- they uncovered a pornographic video of a 15-year-old girl.

The detectives wrote about the discovery in the complaint, "He asked if I wanted him to get rid of it and described it as 'not a big deal.'" Ishida told police he never sexually assaulted any child.

The 110-page criminal complaint outlines the yearlong police investigation. Detectives wrote that Ishida followed their instruction to engage in several pretext phone calls.

In the report, the calls are supplemented by multiple emails between a then-anonymous source to Ishida.

"Mr ishida (sic) you're in very big trouble," the first email reads, drafted under the email address name "Your Wayout." "I made 4 copies of enough evidence that without a doubt shows the illegal, obtaining, and or participating in these criminal actions."

It later demands $60,000 in exchange for the files.

Ultimately, parole agents conducted a search of a home in December 2016, detained Francois Gariepy and recovered Ishida's computer.

Garipey was arrested earlier this month for allegedly trying to extort the professor but not for the burglary.

It still remains unclear how Garipey obtained the computer. He told detectives he paid for it during a child custody exchange. He said he never intended to follow through on the email and phone threats, referring to them as a "joke."

Ishida told detectives his personal hard drive contained about 10 pictures of nude girls between 5 and 10 years old. He said he also had three videos of girls about the same age that show them engaging in sexual acts with adult men, some violent in nature. He described those videos as trailers, according to the documents, and told detectives the materials had been downloaded several years ago.

CSUB said Ishida has been on leave since the beginning of the year.

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