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Cincy Professor Admits To FBI He Traded Child Porn ‘Every Day’ For Years

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A professor at the University of Cincinnati (UC) is looking at a stiff prison term after FBI agents arrested him and he told them he’d traded child pornography “every day” for the past five years.

Holt Parker has taught classics at UC since 1991 and held a Ph.D from Yale University, but it turns out he had a dark hobby, practicing pedophilia in addition to pedagogy. According to court documents obtained by the Cincinnati Enquirer, Parker used the pseudonym “Mr. Cruel Daddy” to assemble a gargantuan trove of hundreds of pictures and videos, many featuring prepubescent boys and girls.

Parker has apparently been under investigation for over a year, and FBI agents finally moved to arrest him Tuesday morning. UC has already suspended Parker and banned him from campus.

Parker is charged with receiving and distributing child pornography, and has also been charged with destruction of property to prevent seizure after he tried to destroy a flash drive agents say holds thousands of incriminating files.

Notably, Parker’s academic interests appeared to include a strong interest in ancient Greek and Roman sexuality. According to his curriculum vitae, Parker was working on a book titled “Wives, Boys, Prostitutes, and Slaves: Sex and Sexuality in the Classical World.” Some of his articles and lectures include “Lesbian Love Call: Magic, Sappho, Sex Wars, and the Construction of Feminine Desire,” “Love’s Body Anatomized: The Ancient Erotic Manuals and the Rhetoric of Sexuality,” and “Sex with Slaves or Mandingo Meets the Roman Empire.”

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