Cambridge Lecturer Convicted of Downloading Child Porn

Claire Gordon

Within their first few weeks on the British campus, all the philosophy students at Cambridge had heard the stories about Peter Smith. He taught logic to all the freshmen. He'd even written the textbook. He'd also had sex with prostitutes, back in 2003, in the same study where he met with his students. In exchange for the liaisons, the lecturer would write explicit reviews online. So it was still shocking, but not totally surprising, when Smith was arrested last May and accused of downloading thousands of pornographic images of children.

Last September, Smith resigned from his teaching post. Earlier this month, the 67-year-old Cambridge lecturer was convicted on the child porn charges and ordered to complete 180 hours of community service, as well as a program for sexual offenders. The professor will also be on the sex offender registry for five years, and can't touch a computer with Internet access for three.