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WILKES-BARRE – A King’s College administrator waived 110 counts related to allegedly possessing child pornography to Luzerne County Court on Wednesday.


James A. Stewart, 53, of Walden Drive, Wright Township, was scheduled to appear before District Judge Ronald Swank on a number of charges relating to allegations he had images of children engaged in sex acts on a computer memory card.


Stewart waived the 110 counts of child pornography and dissemination of photos. Prosecutors withdrew 10 additional counts of criminal use of a communication facility.


Stewart is next scheduled for a formal arraignment in county court on Oct. 25.


Court records indicate Stewart is represented by attorney Nanda Palissery of Kingston.


Stewart is free on $75,000 bail that was posted by bail bondsman Henry Malet shortly after Stewart was charged.


Stewart has been suspended without pay from his position at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, pending the outcome of the charges. Stewart works at the college as a tutorial coordinator and lectures on African studies.


According to a criminal complaint, Luzerne County detectives and Wright Township police arrested Stewart in June after an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and state police.


Police obtained a search warrant for Stewart’s home, where they found 10 videos of children engaged in sex acts, totaling more than 57 minutes, according to court papers.


Stewart allegedly told police he downloaded the images a few weeks before being arrested when his wife was away. He said 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. Police said Stewart had a computer memory card he kept in his wallet.


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