Duke researcher facing child porn charges


Dr. William Lee Ebenstein, 57, was being held in the Durham County jail on a $600,000 bond.

He's charged with seven counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor and one count of third-degree exploitation of a minor.

Duke said Ebenstein is not a member of the faculty. He's been employed at the school since 1991. He's been placed on leave while the charges are pending - which is standard procedure.

Court documents show that Ebenstein told officials he just lost his job at the university.

The FBI is handling the case and said in a statement, that Duke and law enforcement agencies are cooperating with their investigation.

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