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Ex-college professor spread child porn, videos of men using the bathroom

The former Hillsborough Community College instructor will get at least five years in prison.
Credit: Hillsborough County Jail

TAMPA, Fla. — A former professor at Hillsborough Community College is heading to prison after he pleaded guilty to child porn charges as well as to taking videos of college students in the bathroom.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Howard Joseph Vorder Bruegge III, 36, faces a minimum mandatory penalty of five years and up to 40 years in federal prison. He was a math professor at HCC.

According to the plea agreement, he used the internet names “JoeBlow73” and “JoeBlowFL" to distribute child pornography. He also collected child pornography on his cellphone, including sex-abuse videos of babies and toddlers.

Additionally, he recorded male college students in campus restroom stalls and spread the videos on the internet. At least four such videos taken through peepholes in the stalls were found on his phone, officials said.

A sentencing date has not been set.

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