A trial date has been set for a former Tarleton State University professor accused of possessing child pornography on his office computer.
Jury selection in the case against Thomas Dougherty is scheduled to begin Dec. 14 in the 266th Judicial District Court. Assistant Attorney General Angela Goodwin will prosecute the case.
Dougherty 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 attorneys Robert Glasgow and Shay Isham to represent him.