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February 17, 2018

AG Shapiro: Bloomsburg University professor arrested on child porn charges

Investigations Child Pornography
Scott Lowe Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office/Provided

Scott Lowe.

A Bloomsburg University professor was arrested Thursday after a routine audit check uncovered child pornography on his computer, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said.

Scott Lowe, 57, of Bloomsburg, is accused of viewing multiple images of child porn on his work computer. He was charged with four counts of sexual abuse of children and related offenses.

 “My office has a zero tolerance policy for sexual predators – no matter who they are,” Shapiro said in a press release on Friday. “These charges are particularly heinous because the accused is a professor – someone trusted to work closely with students."

Bloomsburg gave its findings to the attorney general's office on Wednesday.  

Bloomsburg's website listed Lowe as a professor and chairman of its philosophy department. He worked at the university for decades, specializing in social and political philosophy and ethics, according to the site.

The Associated Press reported that Lowe is no longer the philosophy department's chairman and that he has been suspended from his job. 

Lowe was being held in Columbia County Prison on $250,000 bail as of Friday. He is due in court for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 28.