Possible plea deal for professor accused over child porn

A plea deal may be in the works for an award-winning contemporary literature author who was indicted last fall on federal child pornography charges while serving as a professor at Allegheny College.

Kirk Nesset, 57, of Meadville, pleaded not guilty Oct. 15, 2014, in U.S. District Court in Erie to one count each of distribution of child pornography, receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography. He formally was indicted Oct. 14, 2014, for alleged child pornography activities that took place between November 2005 and October 2014. If convicted on all three charges, Nesset faces a maximum of 50 years in prison and $750,000 in fines.

On Jan. 7, Nesset’s defense attorney, Meagan Temple, was granted a motion by U.S. District Judge David Stewart Cercone to extend the filing of pretrial motions in the case until Feb. 6.

“The parties would like additional time to discuss possible resolution of the case,” the motion said in part. “To this point, such discussions have been put on hold so that the government’s investigator could conduct additional forensic analysis of the defendant’s computer.”

In a separate motion filed Jan. 8, Nesset also was granted permission to extend a travel request until Feb. 1, 2015. Nesset previously was granted permission by the court to travel to Arizona from Dec. 15, 2014, through Jan. 15 of this year.

Nesset asked the court for an extension until Feb. 1, 2015, in order to prepare his Prescott, Ariz., home to be vacant in the event Nesset was convicted in the case as well as to spend time with and care for his elderly father who lives in Arizona.

Nesset was arrested at his Ben Avon Street home Oct. 1, 2014, after the FBI and Pennsylvania State Police executed a search warrant there. Nesset is a former tenured professor of English at Allegheny College in Meadville and had taught at the college since 1995. He resigned from position at Allegheny on Oct. 2, 2014.

Nesset won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize in 2007 for a collection of short stories called “Paradise Road.” The award is given annually by the University of Pittsburgh Press.

 

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