UVA film professor charged with child porn possession

Albemarle County, Va. – A longtime University of Virginia film professor was arrested Tuesday amid allegations that he was in possession of child pornography.

  • 72-year-old Walter Francis Korte Jr. was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of possessing child pornography
  • According to police, the investigation started Friday, July 29
  • Police executed search warrants at Korte’s home and at his office in the university
  • University of Virgina placed Korte on administrative leave, according to authorities
  • Korte is being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail without bail
  • This isn’t the first UVA employee to be arrested for similar charges; UVA Associate Dean Michael Morris was sentenced to eight years in prison for possessing and distributing child porn

I really hope that no one was harmed. I would hope the allegations aren’t true. Should they be true, I’m really disappointed and I’m sad to hear and I’m a little angry. – Former Student Janine Docimo

  • According to UVA, Korte has been the director of film studies in the Department of Drama since 1970, and was a program advisor for the Virginia Film Festival since its inception in 1988
  • A spokesperson for the festival said he hasn’t been associated with the festival for at least the past eight years