Former Ivy League professor sentenced to 25 years for child pornography

By Calvin Palmer

A former University of Pennsylvania professor was sentenced to 25 years for manufacturing child pornography and lying to authorities to get one of his young victims into the U.S.

Lawrence Scott Ward, 66, is already serving a 15-year sentence for importing the illegal images when he returned from a 2006 trip to Brazil.

According to prosecutors, Ward let one teenage victim live at his vacation home in Fortaleza, Brazil, paid for the boy’s education and supported his family.

“I want you to know that you and your mom can keep having a good life as long as you keep giving me good things,” Ward wrote the 16-year-old victim in a May 2006 e-mail. “(S)how me lots of love and respect especially in bed.”

Ward was an Ivy League marketing professor at the Wharton School of Business when he was arrested returning to the U.S. from Brazil in August 2006. Authorities later found more child pornography in a search of his campus office.

Prosecutors allege that Ward also has molested boys in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and the Philippines.

“The defendant has been preying on disadvantaged boys for decades. He has spent the last 30 years using his extensive financial resources and his position as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania to induce minors to succumb to his depraved desires,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Bea Witzleben wrote.

Defense lawyers pointed out that Ward will be 78 when he finishes serving the 15-year term. Additional time is unnecessary, they argued.

“When is enough, enough?” lawyer Mark Sheppard asked in a defense memo.

Sheppard said Ward is amenable to treatment after three years in prison and has been sufficiently punished.

“His fall from internationally renowned academic to internationally reviled sex offender has been well documented in the press and academic circles,” Sheppard wrote.

Hmmm. I wonder if Sheppard would be happy to allow any of his teenage male relatives to spend time alone with Ward.

Thought not.

[Based on a report by the Associated Press.]

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