WASHINGTON – The dean of students at Washington University in St. Louis has been indicted on a federal child-pornography charge, the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Missouri said Monday.
Justin X. Carroll, 67, is also the associate vice chancellor for student affairs and had been serving as interim athletic director. He has been at the university for 36 years.
He was charged with access with intent to view child pornography, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
Federal investigators tracking a group of people sharing child pornography online identified Carroll as one of the participants by tracing internet protocol addresses to computers at Washington University and in Carroll’s home, according to prosecutors. The indictment covers activity between November 2015 and December 2016; it was filed last Wednesday and unsealed on Monday.
The indictment lists an alias of “MOperv” for Carroll, and says that he was caught with videos that featured prepubescent boys.
U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said that Washington University cooperated with the investigation and that investigators did not find any wrongdoing involving Carroll’s university responsibilities or any students.
Carroll, who had turned himself in to authorities, appeared before a federal judge on Monday who set bail at $100,000.
Officials said the university was notified Dec. 20 about the investigation, and that he was put on leave and banned from the campus. In court Carroll said that his last day at work was in December, but that he is still on the payroll – apparently using accumulated vacation time.
He announced on Jan. 5 that he was retiring, the university said in a statement released Monday. His last day was scheduled to be Tuesday.
“While our investigation is ongoing,” the university’s statement said, “at this point, we have no reason to believe that Mr. Carroll had inappropriate interactions with any member of the university community or any participant in university program.”
Carroll faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.
He is married and has four grown children.