Wednesday, September 10, 2003

UC professor charged with child porn



By Sharon Coolidge
The Cincinnati Enquirer

At work for the last 10 years, Michael Luebbe taught students at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music about the history of music.

At home, authorities say, the 49-year-old Clifton man spent this spring downloading pornographic videos and hundreds of images of child pornography.

Hamilton County sheriff's deputies arrested Luebbe Tuesday on a 28-count indictment.

He remains in the Hamilton County Justice Center, charged with pandering sexually oriented matter involving a juvenile.

Authorities say at least 30 child pornography videos and more than 150 similar pictures were discovered on his home computer.

There have been no complaints of inappropriate behavior in or out of class, Douglas Lowry, CCM dean, said Tuesday.

"As for his recent indictment, we obviously do not in any way condone such behavior," Lowry said.

He will not be permitted to teach until his court case has concluded, Lowry said.

Sharonville police started investigating Luebbe two months ago, after they were contacted by a computer technician at Micro Center in Sharonville, where Luebbe had taken his computer for repairs.

The technician found several images of minors having sex, according to a police report.

If convicted, Luebbe faces two to 10 years in prison on each of the charges.

E-mail scoolidge@enquirer.com




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