Former Dartmouth professor J. Martin Favor has been sentenced to prison for 5 and a half years. He was sentenced Monday in US District Court on charges of possession of child pornography, after being arrested last fall.
His arrest came after social media site Tumblr detected that he had uploaded a handful of images of child porn from his Plainfield, NH residence. This information was passed on to state authorities who executed a search warrant on his home, finding hardware that stored illicit images and videos.
Prosecutors say that over a 15 year period, Favor had collected over 500 videos and 300 images of children being sexually abused. He had been an English professor at Dartmouth College and was on paid leave up until last week when he resigned.
He pleaded guilty in late May and will appear back in court in September for a second hearing. He faces seven years of supervised release once his 66 month sentence is up.