A former Tarleton State University professor will get his day in court Monday.
Thomas Dougherty is accused of possessing child pornography on his office computer. He was indicted by an Erath County grand jury in March 2008 on three counts of possessing child pornography and was later indicted on several more.
The Tarleton Police Department began investigating Dougherty in December 2007 after a student working near the professor's office allegedly discovered a suspicious computer folder with Dougherty's name on it. The student reported the discovery to campus police, who referred the case to the attorney general's cyber crimes unit. Investigators with the attorney general's office conducted a forensic analysis of Dougherty's office computer, which allegedly uncovered several images and videos of child pornography.
Dougherty has since been terminated from the university and has hired local attorney Shay Isham to represent him.
Isham has requested a bench trial, which means there will be no jury and a judge will hear the evidence and make a ruling. Isham said as many as 60 witnesses, including Dougherty, are expected to testify.
The trial is set to begin at 9 a.m. Monday in the 266th Judicial District Court and could last through Wednesday.