WILKES-BARRE — A former administrator at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre was sentenced Monday in Luzerne County Court to downloading child pornography.
Judge Fred Pierantoni III sentenced James A. Stewart, 53, of Walden Drive, Wright Township, to 11 to 23 months on 10 counts of child pornography and a single count of dissemination of children engaged in sex acts. Stewart was ordered to register his address with state police for 25 years under the state’s Megan’s Law and serve three years probation when he is released from jail.
At the time of his arrest in June 2013, Stewart’s brief online college profile stated he lectured in African studies. His LinkedIn profile says he served in the Air Force and graduated from Capella University in Minneapolis.
Stewart was arrested by Luzerne County detectives and Wright Township police after an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the state police Northeast Computer Crime Task Force.
Investigators obtained a search warrant based on a tip that a computer inside Stewart’s house was used to download videos and pictures of children engaged in sex acts.
Stewart told investigators he downloaded child pornography when his wife was away and he had a “couple beers” and was “curious,” according to the criminal complaint.
Stewart said he felt “guilty and ashamed” and deleted the files from the computer before his wife returned home.
Stewart had an SD card he kept in his wallet, the complaint states.
Troopers with the state police computer task force allegedly uncovered 10 videos of children engaged in sex acts. The videos totaled more than 57 minutes, according to the complaint.