Another dope: Former University of South Alabama professor sentenced Big Time in obscenity case

Fell for the ol’ cop posing as a girl trick.

MOBILE, Ala. — from – A former University of South Alabama professor was sentenced to 5 years and three months in prison today for attempting to send obscene material to a minor.

The sentence for Barry Simpson, 44, was on the high end of the federal sentencing guidelines, according to a spokeswoman in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida in Miami. Simpson pleaded guilty in June to one count of attempting to send obscene material to a minor. He had been on faculty as an economics professor since 2003, but was fired after entering the guilty plea.

The investigation that led to the arrest began in October last year when Simpson began having conversations with an undercover agent posing as a 13-year-old girl in an online chat room, according to a federal affidavit.

The sentence also requires that Simpson be under three years of surpervision upon his release from prison.

FBI agents arrested him in his Mobile home in November of last year. The case was being handled in Miami, where the FBI’s investigation was initiated.

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