Wash U Administrator Justin Carroll Charged in Child Porn Case

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Washington University administrator Justin X. Carroll has been charged with child pornography. - WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
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  • Washington University administrator Justin X. Carroll has been charged with child pornography.
A high-ranking Washington University administrator has been indicted on federal child pornography charges.

Justin X. Carroll was the university's associate vice chancellor for student affairs, but prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office say he also went by the nickname "MOperv" as he trolled dark corners of the internet.

Carroll, a 67-year-old married father who lives in University City, was part of a ring of online creeps who shared and viewed videos of young boys being sexually abused by adult men, according to prosecutors and court records.

The videos included graphic scenes of boys, ages three to six years old, fondling adults' erect penises and being subjected to anal sex in some cases, the indictment says. One video, titled "boybending," was apparently a how-to guide to abuse: "the art of remotely directing a boy on webcam, through typing text and displaying videos, to achieve a desired pose or behavior."

Carroll, whose Twitter handle is @WashUDeanoFun, was indicted on Wednesday, but the documents weren't unsealed until Monday when the administrator appeared in court.

He's accused of using a Dell laptop, MacBook Air laptop and iPhone to view the videos. Investigators caught him by tracing IP addresses to the computers at his home and at the university, authorities say.

The university announced in a January 10 blog post that Carroll would be retiring in February. The post made no mention of his reasons for retiring. (Editor's note: Washington University has issued a statement saying the university put Carroll on leave after learning of the investigation. See the full statement below.)

U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said in a statement that Carroll's crimes don't include any connection to Wash U. students or his work responsibilities.

Carroll has a long and decorated career at the university, spanning 35 years. He has been the dean of students and was named interim athletic director in February.

He faces a maximum prison sentence of twenty years and a fine of $250,000.

The university didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Editor's note: We updated this story soon after publication to include an additional detail and again at 2:40 p.m. to correct Carroll's title and include a statement from Washington University.

Statement from Washington University in St. Louis regarding Justin Carroll

This is a legal matter being handled by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri. Any questions or requests for further information about the case should be directed to the United States Attorney’s Office.

What we can address is the university’s response to the actions taken by federal authorities. First, we have assisted federal law enforcement officials as requested and will continue to do so. Second, upon learning of the federal investigation, we immediately placed Mr. Carroll on leave and barred him from contacting any members of the university community including students, having any presence on campus and using the university’s computer network resources. The university accepted Mr. Carroll’s letter of resignation on January 5. Third, also upon learning of the federal investigation, we initiated our own investigation into any potential risk for the university community. While our investigation is ongoing, 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 programs.

We want to take this opportunity to remind members of the university community and the general public that the university has channels for reporting suspected violations of law, regulations and/or or university policy, including our compliance hotline, 314-362-4998.

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