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      Former CMU professor pleads guilty to child porn charges

      William Merrill had child porn on his hard drive at Central Michigan University. He had access to computers because his specialty was studying Internet censorship.

      Federal prosecutors are recommending more than five years in prison for a professor who pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography.

      William Merrill had child porn on his hard drive at Central Michigan University. He had access to computers because his specialty was studying Internet censorship. Merrill resigned from CMU in November, 2012.

      The 58-year-old Merrill is returning to Bay City federal court Tuesday. The guidelines call for a sentence somewhere from 70 months to 87 months.

      Authorities seized 106,000 images and 1,600 videos of child porn from Merrill in 2012.

      Merrill is asking a judge to sentence him to five years in prison, the mandatory minimum. Defense attorney Frank Harrison Reynolds calls it a "sad" case. Merrill worked at CMU for nearly 30 years.