James Andrew Crank was arrested in Tuscaloosa Tuesday morning on child pornography charges after a search warrant was executed at his home, according to the West Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force.

Crank, 45, is an associate professor of American literature and culture at the University of Alabama.

According to the WVTM, Crank was charged with two counts of possession of material containing visual depictions of persons under 17 involved in obscene acts.

According to the outlet, he is currently being held in the Tuscaloosa County Jail, where he awaits a bond hearing.

A University of Alabama spokesperson told AL(dot)com, "The accused individual was immediately removed from campus and all facilities. We will continue to support law enforcement's investigations."

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