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Raj Mahon-Haft. Photo: The Roanoke Times/Matt Gentry Raj Mahon-Haft. Photo: The Roanoke Times/Matt Gentry  

Criminal justice professor arrested three times — in March — for drugs, child porn

Radford University criminal justice professor Taj Mahon-Haft was arrested three times in March on charges of drug possession and child pornography.

Mahon-Haft, 34, hit the trifecta on March 28 when police picked him up for his second charge of child pornography possession, reports The Roanoke Times.

At a Thursday morning bond hearing, prosecuting attorney Chris Rehak showed the presiding judge a sample of the images that investigators had allegedly discovered on the professor’s home and work computers. Rehak also called Mahon-Haft a “dangerous individual.”

The judge agreed and denied bond.

Prior to Mahon-Haft’s third arrest, he had been set free on a $10,000 secured bond.

The seeds of the Radford criminal justice professor’s no-good, very-bad month were actually planted back in December. Mahon-Haft was out of town, according to his attorney, Jimmy Turk, and a neighbor called police because a side door to Mahon-Haft’s house was ajar.

A police officer arrived and, suspecting a standard burglary, snooped around the residence. Upstairs, the officer allegedly found a “green leafy plant-like material…a multicolored smoking device…a mirror, a rolled up dollar bill, a razor and a white powdery substance…in a line as in preparation for consumption,” explains The Roanoke Times.

Police did not have a search warrant at that time, but returned with one later.

On March 8, Mahon-Haft was charged with possession of marijuana and three regulated synthetic stimulants which are frequently referred to as “bath salts.”

Police also obtained warrants to search Mahon-Haft’s computer, which was seized during the drug investigation. Investigators allegedly found child pornography images and videos while perusing his computer’s files.

On March 21, police re-arrested Mahon-Haft on two dozen child pornography counts.

Mahon-Haft’s third arrest occurred on March 28 after police analyzed the contents of his Radford University-issued computer and found some more child porn.

Police told the Times that Mahon-Haft had downloaded the images on his laptop while he was out on bond for the pending drug charges.

Rehak, the prosecutor, has alleged that police officers tazed Mahon-Haft as he was getting arrested for the third time, apparently because he was actively resisting arrest.

Turk, Mahon-Haft’s attorney, refutes this characterization of events.

Whatever the case, Mahon-Haft was sporting two black eyes at his bond hearing and Turk told The Times that his client sustained those injuries at some stage in the third arrest.