Dr. Alan Marchand
...NT administration officials plan to review the case against Dr. Alan P. Marchand, a regents professor of chemistry who was arrested Friday on charges of three counts of possession of child pornography.
Rafes said NT
has a "zero-tolerance" policy in regards to "serious criminal activity" and said Marchand
will be prosecuted to the "full extent" of the law.
may be facing anywhere from two to 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines for the charges of possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony.
Rafes said Marchand
is currently under "trespass," which means, by law, he
is not allowed to set foot on the campus.However, it is not known whether he
will be able to access his
transferred to NT
from the University of Oklahoma
in Norman in 1982.
..."Alan was always an upstanding faculty member.
It seems totally out of his
character to be involved in such a heinous crime," he
said. Marchand was named regents professor at NT in 1992, a recognition for his tenure and accomplishments in research.He
was awarded numerous research grants including grants from the U.S. Office of Naval Research
and the U.S. Department of Energy
could not be reached for comment at his
home in Little Elm Monday. Marchand
was teaching two graduate-level organic chemistry courses during the fall semester before being temporarily banned from the campus.Substitute instructors will take his
place for the time being. Bhaskar Poola, a graduate student from India who studied under Marchand, had only positive things to say about his professor.
Poola has worked with Marchand
for two years and is currently enrolled in one of his courses.