Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Former Washington U. Dean of Students, Known as 'MOperv' Online, Headed to Prison for Child Porn

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Former Washington U. Dean of Students, Known as 'MOperv' Online, Headed to Prison for Child Porn

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ST. LOUIS * A former Washington University dean was sentenced to 54 months in federal prison Thursday for viewing child porn online.

Justin X. Carroll, 67, of the 500 block of North and South Road in University City, went by the name "MOperv" online. He pleaded guilty in July to a felony charge of access with intent to view child pornography and admitted viewing 15 child porn videos and more than 600 images of children engaged in sex acts. As part of the plea, both prosecutors and Carroll's lawyer agreed to a sentence of 51 to 63 months in prison.

Carroll was the university's dean of students and interim athletic director at the time, and viewed the material in his office and at home, court records show.

In those court documents, investigators say Carroll was among a group of people sharing child pornography via online video conferencing software between November 2015 and December 2016.

Carroll was an active participant in the program's chat room, praising a video on Nov. 20, 2015, and the user "luzifer" who had shared it, a search warrant filed last year claims. He reached out to other participants several times. On Dec. 7, 2015, he lamented the fact that he had no videos to share and on Dec. 28, 2015, he wrote "no limits here."

On Feb. 16, 2016, Carroll and others using the program watched a video that included the apparent sexual assault of a child that authorities believe to be under the age of 1, according to court records. The child doesn't move, and other users discuss the possibility it is a "snuff" film showing a dead child.

Asked about the video, Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Costantin said that the case was still under investigation, but that the child had not been located.

Carroll apologized in court Thursday, saying he "failed to accept how sick I was." He said that he was not a pedophile and had never been accused of inappropriate behavior. …

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