CSUB professor facing charges of possessing child porn enters plea in court

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A CSUB professor accused of possessing child pornography entered a not guilty plea this morning in court.

Police say professor Theodore “Ken” Ishida downloaded the videos and images on campus. His home was then burglarized and the laptop with the images was stolen. 

On Aug. 7, 2016, the Bakersfield Police Department began a burglary investigation at a home in the 100 block of Durham Court, according to police. Ishida told police an unknown suspect forced entry to his home and removed several items, including a computer and electronic devices, police said. 

On Dec. 5, 2016, Ishida contacted detectives assigned to the burglary investigation and told them an unknown suspect called him and demanded money in exchange for his computer. The suspect told Ishida if he did not pay him money, he would notify law enforcement of inappropriate sexual content on the computer, police were told. 

The Special Victims Unit began conducting an investigation and confirmed a suspect, later identified as Francois Gariepy, 39, was attempting to blackmail Ishida in exchange for money.

Investigators believed Ishida’s computer contained inappropriate sexual content, which was downloaded from a CSUB computer, and was then transferred to Ishida’s personal computer. 

Personnel from Cal State University Bakersfield were notified of the investigation. Once notified of the investigation, Ishida was placed on administrative leave by CSUB. 

On Dec. 14, 2016, agents assigned to the division of Adult Parole Operations conducted a search of a residence located in the 2600 block of Encina Street.

During the search, agents detained Gariepy and located Ishida’s stolen computer. The information was provided to Bakersfield Police investigators, and an extensive analysis of the computer was conducted. Investigators located child pornography on the computer that is believed to have been downloaded by Ishida. An investigation into the extortion of Ishida was also conducted, which led investigators to believe that Gariepy attempted to extort Ishida. 

CSUB says Ishida is suspended with pay. He is due back in court in February. 
 

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