a Brock Univerity professor is going to prison

Tokyo, 2010.06.22

One of my University professors is now in prison on a child pornography conviction. Another proud moment for Brock University.

According to an article in the local paper;

A retired Brock University geography professor will spend 20 months in jail after pleading guilty to child pornography charges stemming from graphic Internet chatting and exchanges.

Keith J. Tinkler, 67, of St. Catharines, was discovered with 343 child pornography images on his home and work computer when police arrested him last year.

The court heard the married father of four grown children was using a real-time chat site on his home computer when he began communicating with an undercover police officer from Toronto.

Over the course of chatting, he sent the officer images of naked pubescent girls and of himself aroused. He also described graphic acts he wanted to see done to young girls.

Police found 117 child pornography images on the home computer and another 226 child pornography images and two child pornography movies on his computer at Brock, from which he has since retired.

As appalling as his behavior was, he was sentenced to only twenty months in prison. And I wouldn't be surprised if his long tenure as an employee of the province means that he gets to keep his pension.

Equally unimpressive is that Brock University had no clue that this was going on. I can only hope that the University institutes some simple checks for such material on their computers. Every large company in the world does this, and many other organizations like hospitals have figured out that this is worth doing. Why not Brock?

Here's an early entry I made when the fellow was arrested. It includes a response from Brock.

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rand()m quote

(In which I leave the final word to someone else.)

One day you will take a fork in the road, and you're going to have to make a decision about which direction you want to go. If you go one way, you can be somebody. You will have to make compromises and you will have to turn your back on your friends. But you will be a member of the club and you will get promoted and get good assignments. Or you can go the other way and you can do something [...] for yourself. If you decide to do something, you may not get promoted and get good assignments and you certainly will not be a favorite of your superiors. But you won't have to compromise yourself. To be somebody or to do something. In life there is often a roll call. That's when you have to make a decision. To be or to do.

-John Boyd, US Air Force