U of Tennessee Foundation Official Charged

U of Tennessee Foundation Official Charged

May 30 — Agents with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force have arrested a top official with the University of Tennessee Foundation, charging the 60-year old man with four child pornography charges.

Federal investigators collected 19 computer disks and a Dell Ultrabook laptop containing illicit material from the home of Bruce Downsbrough, according to an indictment unsealed this week in U.S. District Court.

According to the indictment, Downsbrough first downloaded pornographic images of children in December 2008. He did it again in February 2009 and in April 2012, leading to three counts of downloading child pornography.

A fourth charge for possession of child pornography came after a forensic examination of his computer and the seized disks, which had illegal material on them, according to court records.

Downsbrough is on administrative leave from his job as the chief operating officer and executive vice president of the foundation, which is the University of Tennessee system’s fundraising arm.

U.S. Attorney Bill Killian did not divulge details of the probe that led to Downsbrough’s arrest. However, court records indicate the investigation was headed up by the Internet Crimes alliance, including Knoxville police, and the United States Postal Service.

May, 30, 2013