Noel Campbell, the University of Central Arkansas economics professor charged with possession of child pornography, resigned from his UCA position Tuesday in a letter.
The letter to UCA President Tom Courtway states in part, "In light of the current circumstances I face at this time, my need to address them, and the publicity attached to them, I fear that a continued professional association with UCA may be detrimental to this commitment."
Campbell, 45, resigned from his position and tenure as a faculty member after a complainant from UCA’s IT department reported possible child porn on his university computer.
With his resignation, arrangements are being made after May commencement for removal of his personal belongings from his university office in the College of Business, according to the letter.
"I think that this delay will avoid stress for students and colleagues," he said. In addition, Campbell’s spring 2015 gradebook will be made available to UCA through his attorney, Jeffrey Rosenzweig.
Campbell pleaded not guilty in 20th District Circuit Court on Friday to 60 Class C felony counts of child pornography possession.
He remains free on bond and is scheduled to leave Arkansas on Friday for a three-day trip to California after 3rd Division Circuit Judge Charles Clawson granted permission to leave the state.
Additional evidence is being collected in the case and Campbell is set for pretrial on June 1.
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