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WSU employee arrested for possession of child porn

PULLMAN, Wash. - Investigators from the Pullman Police Department arrested a WSU employee Friday for possession of child pornography.

Pullman Police received a Cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in August of 2017, with information about a Pullman resident uploading pictures of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct to an online storage account.

Investigators determined the suspect to be 56-year-old Robert Marshall Long, a Pullman resident and research technician with the College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences at WSU. Investigators also served a search warrant at Long's home and seized his personal computer. A later search of his computer revealed numerous images with depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

On Friday around 10:30 a.m., with the assistance of the Washington State University Police Department, Pullman Police arrested Long at his office in Clark Hall on the WSU campus. 

According to Phil Weiler, Vice President of Marketing and Communication at WSU, the university was aware the arrest was going to happen Friday. The university says they will continue to work with Pullman Police. They have looked into whether or not Long had any contact with minors in his position, but it does not appear to be that way. It also doesn't seem like Long had much interaction with students, except possibly in areas of graduate research, because he worked in a lab setting, and not a classroom.

Long was booked into the Whitman County Jail on charges of possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct first degree, and dealing of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Both are Class ‘B’ felonies in Washington State, punishable by up to ten-year imprisonment and/or $20,000 fine.


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