A Ball State University residence hall director was arrested on allegations of accessing child porn on campus.
Braden Robinson, 24, was charged with five counts of possession of child pornography Monday.
According to the police report, the University Police Department (UPD) was contacted by the director of the Information Technology Department Sept. 27 regarding suspicious activity on the university’s network.
This suspicious web traffic was tracked down to room 136 of Studebaker East, which then determined the user who was logged into the network was Robinson.
UPD determined Robinson accessed child pornography websites 20 times between Aug. 16 and Sept. 26.
When Robinson was interviewed by UPD Monday, he said he has knowingly viewed pornographic material of girls and women between the ages of 8 and 18 for the last three years. However, he said he prefers girls in the age range of 8 to 13-years-old and has viewed children engaged in sexual acts as young as 4-years-old, according to the police report.
Kathy Wolf, vice president of marketing and communications, said Robinson was hired by the University in July.
“The University goes the extra mile to monitor illegal or inappropriate activity on Ball State’s network. We employ several layers of information security designed to protect university systems and data against outside attack,” Wolf said in an email.
“In this case, one of our defensive systems identified numerous attempted connections to a remote site, flagged as hosting potentially illegal content. Because our systems detected potentially illegal activity, the matter was referred to law enforcement.”
Wolf said Robinson is currently suspended and his employment status will now go through the proper university procedures.