Chico State professor charged with possession of child porn, DA says

A Chico State professor faces a maximum of three years in state prison for possession of child porn, according to Butte County District Attorney, Mike Ramsey.

Posted: Mar 11, 2021 12:18 PM
Updated: Mar 11, 2021 3:44 PM

CHICO, Calif. - A Chico State professor faces a maximum of three years in state prison for possession of child porn, according to Butte County District Attorney, Mike Ramsey.

The Butte County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday it has completed its review of reports alleging a Chico university professor possessed a hundred images of child porn and has filed a felony criminal complaint charging him with possession of child porn.

64-year-old Laird Easton, a professor of history at CSUC was arrested after a search and arrest warrant was issued by a local judge based on a sheriff’s office investigation, according to District Attorney, Mike Ramsey. The investigation disclosed a person tied to Laird’s personal and university email accounts had downloaded and uploaded child porn images to the internet.

Ramsey said Easton was arrested at his home in Chico on Jan. 21, 2021. The home was searched for electronic devices and cell phones. At the same time, Chico University Police searched Laird’s university office computers. Ramsey said after his arrest, Laird was transported to the Butte County Jail where he later posted a $75,000 bail bond and was released.

Ramsey said an extensive forensic download of Easton’s electronic devices seized during the search warrants revealed the suspected child porn images.

Ramsey said Laird is scheduled for arraignment in Butte County on the possession charge on April 9, 2021. 

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