Former Wheaton College Professor Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography

CBS Chicago

WHEATON, Ill. (STMW) — A former Wheaton College professor who has written books on children’s spirituality pleaded guilty Monday to having child pornography on his home computer.

When he was arrested last year, Donald Ratcliff had on his computer at least 500 pornographic images of children — some of whom appeared to be younger than 13 years old, DuPage County prosecutors said during his brief court hearing.

Ratcliff told police after his 2012 arrest that he sporadically had been seeing a counselor because of his interest in child pornography, prosecutors said.

The plea means the 61-year-old Ratcliff faces a possible seven-year prison term when he is sentenced later this year, though he also is eligible for probation, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

As part of his plea deal, prosecutors dropped nine other felony counts — including six of aggravated child pornography that would have made Ratcliff eligible for a 49-year…

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