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UH professor pleads not guilty on child porn charges

Beei Huan Chao (Image: Hawaii News Now) Beei Huan Chao (Image: Hawaii News Now)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A University of Hawaii at Manoa professor on Thursday pleaded not guilty in federal court on charges of possessing and transporting child pornography.

Prosecutors said Beei Huan Chao, 61, knowingly sent out 13 video files of minors being sexually abused, some of them younger than 12 years old.

Chao was released after posting $50,000 bail, but the judge put him on house arrest over concerns that he would flee to Taiwan. He’s also barred from contact with minors.

UH said Chao is a mechanical engineering professor, who’s also the graduate chairman of the mechanical engineering department. He has since been put on paid leave.

If convicted, he could face up to 20 years behind bars.

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