Seton Hill Professor Suspended in Wake of Child Pornography Charges

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A Seton Hill University special education professor indicted on child pornography charges has been suspended indefinitely, university and federal law enforcement officials said on Friday.

Balazs Tarnai, 35, a Hungarian national and assistant professor at the Greensburg university, faces two felony charges involving child pornography, according to an indictment unsealed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh.

A federal grand jury returned the indictment against Tarnai on one count of receiving material depicting sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of possessing such material.

The first offense dates to March 30. One possession charge covers the period from Feb. 9, 2006, to Oct. 5, 2008, and the other from Oct. 25, 2008, to about March 30, according to the indictment.

Tarnai surrendered to authorities yesterday at his Unity home and was scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh in the afternoon. It could not be determined whether he was released. He could not be reached for comment.

Postal inspectors conducted the investigation that led to the arrest.

According to law enforcement sources, authorities suspected that Tarnai possessed child pornography. On March 30, he received video images by mail of children being sexually exploited. Authorities found dozens of other images, both recent and older ones, on his computer, according to the indictment. …