UAH lecturer on leave after child porn arrest

Michael Lee McGinnis

Michael Lee McGinnis was charged with 18 counts of child porn possession in Cullman County.

Posted: Sep 21, 2021 8:59 AM
Updated: Sep 21, 2021 6:27 PM

A University of Alabama in Huntsville employee is on administrative leave after being arrested on more than a dozen counts of possession of child pornography.

Michael Lee McGinnis, 41, was arrested Friday at his home in Huntsville. He is charged with 18 counts of possession of child pornography.

The charges stem from an investigation out of Cullman County spanning at least a year. Court records show that McGinnis obtained or possessed images of nude children between October 2020 and September of this year. 

Court records show McGinnis was released from the Cullman County Jail on a $270,000 bond. His first court appearance is set for Oct. 25.

UAH said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that upon learning of the criminal charges against McGinnis, "officials promptly placed him on leave, removed him from all teaching and administrative duties, and prohibited him from returning to campus and contacting members of the campus community."

By Tuesday evening, McGinnis had been removed from the UAH faculty and staff page for the English department, where he had been serving as a professor and student advisor.

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