Former GWU professor pleads guilty to child porn charges

A former George Washington University professor on Wednesday pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District said.

Diego Fasolini, 43, of the District, faces a maximum 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced in U.S. District Court on July 1.

Authorities said Fasolini, reportedly a part-time Italian professor, brought his computer hard drive to one of the university’s computer centers for a technical problem. University employees examining the hard drive a few days later observed what they thought was child pornography and contacted the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force.

Law enforcement officials on Oct. 28 executed a search warrant to search Fasolini’s computer equipment and confirmed that it contained child pornography.

During the course of the investigation, officials searched additional computer equipment, including items at Fasolini’s residence. Forensic analysis confirmed that Fasolini had collected more than 100,000 images of child pornography.

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