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      Former CMU professor sentenced to 70 months on child porn charges

      Former CMU professor William Merrill will spend almost six years in prison after pleading guilty to receiving child pornography.

      Merrill was sentenced to 70 months plus 5 years probation late Tuesday afternoon in Bay City federal court.

      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.

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

      Merrill has asked the 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.