Thomas More Campus Safety Director Arrested on Child Pornography Charges
The longtime director of campus safety at Thomas More College is behind bars, facing 36 counts of possessing/viewing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.
Rob Marshall, 52, was lodged in the Kenton County Detention Center on Wednesday where he is being held on $25,000 bond.
Marshall has been the director of campus safety at Thomas More since 2003, according to his bio on the college's website, which has since been removed.
Thomas More President David Armstrong issued a brief statement on Wednesday afternoon, stating that Marshall has been placed on administrative leave. Jeffrey Briggs, the college's chief financial officer, appointed Steve Johnson as acting director. "Jeff is working with campus safety personnel to ensure the continuity of safety to our community," Armstrong said in the statement.
A court date for Marshall has not yet been posted.
According to Covington Police, which issued a news release after this story was originally posted, an investigation began in January of 2014 when a witness reported that Marshall allegedly had child pornography on his computer. Marshall lives in Covington.
Following the release of more information from the Covington Police Department, Thomas More College offered the following statement: "In light of a statement recently released from the Covington Police Department, the criminal charges against TMC Director of Campus Safety Rob Marshall, who has been placed on leave, are isolated to his residence and stem from his home computer. At this time, there is no apparent danger to the campus community. Based on national statistics, Thomas More College has one of the safest and most orderly campuses in the country. We work around the clock to help create an environment that is safe and conducive to the Thomas More College education mission."
Covington Police later issued more information: "The Covington Police Department has received several inquiries regarding the investigation in relation to Thomas More College, Mr. Marshall’s place of employment. We would like to definitively clarify that our investigation focused primarily on the crimes that took place within our jurisdictional boundaries. Our detectives were not made aware of, nor did they uncover any evidence that led them to believe that the same criminal activity was taking place on Mr. Marshall’s electronic devices used in conjunction with his employment at Thomas More College. Had they uncovered such evidence, the appropriate authorities responsible for that jurisdiction would have been notified immediately. At no time did we have evidence to suggest that there was an eminent threat to the safety of our citizens or to that of the students and staff of Thomas More College."
This story will be updated when more information is known.
Photo: Rob Marshall (via Kenton Co. Detention Center)