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Evidence from suspended Ohio University professor's laptop will remain in child porn case

The Athens County Court of Common Pleas denied Amol T. Kharabe's second motion to suppress evidence Jan. 5.

The Athens County Court of Common Pleas denied a suspended Ohio University professor’s second motion to reconsider a motion to suppress evidence on Jan. 5.

Amol T. Kharabe, a business professor, filed the second motion on Nov. 30, arguing that the laptop search constituted a violation of his fourth amendment rights, according to court documents.

Kharabe had been indicted on nine counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor in, one count of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material and one count of possessing criminal tools in January 2014 after police found his laptop to contain child pornography, according to previous Post reports.

Kharabe argued there wasn’t enough evidence to warrant a search of the laptop because although police knew his wireless router was downloading child pornography, they didn’t know his computer was downloading it.

The court found the knowledge that the router had been downloading child pornography was sufficient to warrant a search of the laptop, and found that the warrant was specific enough.

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Earlier in the case, the court denied Kharabe’s initial motion to suppress the evidence, saying Kharabe had no right to privacy on his laptop because his laptop was technically stolen, and that the search warrant had been specific enough to be a constitutional search, according to court documents.

The laptop belonged to a former employer, Scot’s Company, and Kharabe had unlawfully kept it after the termination of his position, according to court documents. Kharabe had been indicted on charges of receiving stolen property for the laptop Nov. 24.

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