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U.Va. prof. charged with two counts of possession of child pornography

Associate professor Walter Francis Korte, Jr. in custody

<p>Korte is currently being&nbsp;held in the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional&nbsp;Jail without bond.&nbsp;</p>

Korte is currently being held in the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail without bond. 

The University Police Department charged Assoc. Prof. Walter Francis Korte, Jr on Tuesday with two counts of possession of child pornography.

The 72-year-old professor has been the drama department’s director of film studies since 1970. He teaches the popular class “Cinema as an Art Form” as well as “History of Film.”

University Spokesperson Anthony de Bruyn said in an email statement that the University has put Korte on administrative leave and is cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation.

The investigation began July 29 and searches were conducted at both Korte’s home on Fosters Branch Road and his office at the University, according to a press release from the UPD.

Korte was taken into custody Tuesday morning and is currently being held at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail without bond.

He was denied bond at a hearing held this afternoon in Albemarle County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Article updated post-hearing