- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A former Texas A&M; University at Galveston history and English professor must serve eight years in prison in a child pornography case.

Matthew Kirk Irwin was sentenced Thursday by a federal judge in Galveston. The 47-year-old educator in March pleaded guilty to receipt and possession of child pornography.

Investigators say Irwin drew the attention of law officers by accessing files from a website known to contain child porn. A 2015 search of Irwin’s home turned up electronic devices with more than 4,000 images and videos of child pornography.

Irwin was an assistant professor of liberal arts for Texas A&M-Galveston; when he was arrested. Irwin was fired in December.

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