- The Washington Times - Friday, July 1, 2011

A former George Washington University professor was sentenced on Friday to 47 months in prison for possession of child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District said.

Diego Fasolini, 43, pleaded guilty in April and will be placed on five years of supervised release when he completes his sentence.

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 it 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 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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