Former Chico State professor admits to child porn possession

The former history professor at Chico State admitted to being in possession of child porn from Aug. 28, 2020, to Jan. 21, 2021.

Posted: Aug 13, 2021 10:52 AM
Updated: Aug 13, 2021 10:54 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - The Chico State professor charged with possession of hundreds of images of child porn has entered a plea of no contest, the Butte County District Attorney’s Office said.

64-year-old Laird Easton, a former history professor at Chico State, was arrested on Jan. 21 after a judge issued a search and arrest warrant.

On Wednesday, Easton admitted to being in possession of child porn from Aug. 28, 2020, through Jan. 21, 2021.

The investigation revealed a person tied to Easton’s personal and university email accounts downloaded and uploaded child porn images from and to the internet.

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During the search, deputies contacted Easton and found he was actively watching child porn on his phone as the deputies were knocking on the door, the district attorney’s office said.

District Attorney Mike Ramsey said more child porn images were revealed during a forensic download of Easton’s phone.

Easton is out on bail and will be sentenced on Oct. 6 when he faces three years in state prison and will be required to register as a sex offender.

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