UAH lecturer arrested on child porn charges, placed on administrative leave

Published: Sep. 22, 2021 at 10:40 AM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - An employee at the University of Alabama in Huntsville has been arrested on several charges of child pornography.

Michael Lee McGinnis was arrested on 18 charges of possession of obscene matter in Cullman County on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

The Cullman County District Attorney’s Office said McGinnis was arrested on August 26th for attempting to distribute a controlled substance, chemical endangerment of a child and criminal solicitation to commit a controlled substance crime. The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office continued their investigation by seizing McGinnis’ cell phone.

Investigators were able to determine that he was in possession of at least 18 images of child pornography. The DA’s office then authorized the arrest of McGinnis on 18 counts of possession of obscene matter.

The sheriff’s office continued its investigation into McGinnis and deputies arrested him again on September 20th for traveling to meet a child for sex acts, electronic solicitation of a child, second-degree sodomy and enticing a child for immoral purposes.

McGinnis is a lecturer at UAH’s English department. He has worked at the school there since 2016. UAH officials say that he has been put on administrative leave and removed from all teaching and administrative duties.

WAFF 48 News reached out to the university and received this statement:

“Yesterday, September 21, 2021, UAH was made aware of concerning criminal charges against Michael McGinnis, a lecturer in the UAH Department of English. Upon notification, officials promptly placed him on leave, removed him from all teaching and administrative duties, and prohibited him from returning to campus and contacting members of the campus community.”

He is in the Cullman County Detention Center on a $180,000 bond.

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