Skip to comments.Ivy League Professor Caught with Videos That Show Him Having Sex with Children, Feds Say
Posted on 08/28/2006 6:57:09 PM PDT by Stoat
August 28, 2006 6:10 PM
An Ivy League business school professor is in federal custody for allegedly having videos of himself engaging in sexual acts with children, ABC News has learned.
Lawrence Scott Ward, 63, Professor Emeritus of Marketing at University of Pennsylvania's renowned Wharton School of Business, was caught with child pornography in his luggage and on his laptop computer after arriving at Dulles International Airport on a flight from Brazil, according to court documents.
An affidavit in support of a criminal complaint filed today in federal court in Alexandria says Ward's luggage was flagged for a more thorough inspection for possible child pornography after a customs officer noticed Ward's "excessive" trips to Thailand. Federal agents recovered at least three DVDs, in which Ward appears to be "engaging in sexual contact" with children, the affidavit reads. A video of children as young as eight engaged in sexual activity was also allegedly found on Ward's laptop computer.
Ward's resume says he has been a visiting professor at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. Federal officials believe Thailand to be a well-known destination for so-called "sex tourists" who travel there to exploit minors. Wharton's website also lists pro bono consulting work in Brazil as one of Ward's current projects.
According to published reports, in 1999 Ward was fined $2,500 and sentenced to five years probation on charges of attempting to promote prostitution and corrupt minors. In that case, he entered a plea which allowed him to acknowledge that there was sufficient evidence to convict him, without admitting guilt for those charges.
Ward's resume lists several government consulting assignments including work with the Executive Office of the President, the FCC, Department of Commerce and the Special Action Office for Drug Abuse Prevention. Many of his published works deal with the effects of television advertising and marketing on children and adolescents. According to his biography, Ward has been a marketing consultant to many top companies and lists IBM, Microsoft, General Motors, Home Depot, Exxon, Citibank and Johnson & Johnson among his clients. During the 1980s, he hosted a television program, "The Wharton Business Report" on the now defunct Financial News Network. Ward's biography also states that he was chairman of a foundation that served disadvantaged children with learning disabilities.
The University of Pennsylvania issued the following statement today, relating to Ward's arrest, "We have just learned of the arrest of Scott Ward in Virginia. At the present time, we have very few details. We are currently gathering information about the situation and will take appropriate action as soon as we know more."
Don't know why, but I guessed U of P. Probably it is my favorite Ivy League school to hate. I'm sure I will offend many, but if you have ever attended a U of P faculty event, you have experienced the purest caricature of name dropping and self praising imaginable. Embarrassingly so, and they all bask in it.
Dunno but it should be a hanging offense. Hanging the pedophiles may or may not be a deterrent, I happen to think it probably would be, but what the heck, at least the pedophile is gone.
"He has tenure"
Reason #38 for abolishing tenure.
He's a bad Badger.
Thanks very much for your quick-thinking! They are going to be in damage-control mode now, and so they are going to do what they can to limit his, and therefore their, exposure.
I'm afraid that the only way to stop this sort of insane, perverted sickness will be to bring torture back to the criminal justice system....or mandatory, immediate death sentences.
I hope that this will indeed come to pass. I am losing faith in our justice system and I really don't want to....it breaks my heart, what these monsters are getting away with.
This looks like a great 'no frills' site. Thanks.
You're welcome! It strives to be a sort of a Northwest-centered Drudge Report, and I sometimes find articles there that Matt Drudge picks up hours later.
Whooda thunk it, right? :-)
(doing my best Gomer Pyle imitation: "Well, surprise, surprise, surprise!")
Post #9 is his Faculty Profile, not his resume.
If what you suggest actually comes to pass, it would actually be a great thing for all of higher education, because it would cause the public to absolutely come unglued and DEMAND that universities be held accountable....and they will vote with their checkbooks. When fewer families send their children to these overpriced Ivy League schools, they just may sit up and take notice. Nothing will hurt them like a hit on the pocketbook.
You caught that, too. It is almost as if the writer was trying to infer this president... No mention in his current resume, so I'd bet it was before 2000.
Agreed. A few public hangings or forced castrations of perverts and they could clean up their country pretty quickly.
Thanks, I could not find his resume.
Actually, drawing and quartering comes to mind...
How true. My nephew does interventions with meth addicts. He has worked with every sex, race, and whatever demographic you can name. He has said the same thing: you simply cannot fathom what goes on with individuals. Their darkest secrets will always shock.
This guy ought to work for the UN.
I don't even want to think about the possibilities of what might have happened here. It also says that he served in the Executive Office of the President. Since it didn't say which President, should we assume that it was a Dem, either Clinton or Carter?
He got his PHD in 1968, so it could conceivably have been as far back as the Johnson administration. Utterly sickening, to think of the decades of contact and the multitudes of destroyed lives he may be responsible for.
It may be time to bring back Medieval torture methods to deal with this scourge of pedophilia, which is spreading like a cancer.
This is not the first time Ward has been accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. In 1999, he was fined $2,500 and sentenced to five years probation after entering a plea that, while not admitting guilt, acknowledged that there was sufficient evidence to convict him. He had been charged with allegedly soliciting sex from a state trooper posing as a 15-year-old.
The same alleged incident had resulted in charges against Ward in 1996. In that year, he was acquitted of one count, while the jury deadlocked on two others.
Ward was acquitted in 1995 of charges that he paid a teenage boy for sex "as many as 50 to 100 times," according to Daily Pennsylvanian coverage at the time.
Personal confession, I don't know if this university is liberal, but I don't think I'm risking too much by assuming it is.
Did he kill JonBenet?
After Ward reluctantly allowed agents to examine his laptop computer, a video was found showing two children who looked to be as young as 8 engaged in sexual activity, the affidavit from Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Byron C. Braggs said.
If he's not convicted, your post could be libel...
"Agreed. A few public hangings or forced castrations of perverts and they could clean up their country pretty quickly."
Something like that. 10- and 20-year sentences to Thai prisons would also do the trick.
Cambodia has also been slow to action, but they've finally started throwing these guys in (Cambodian) prisons and deporting them when necessary.
Word there is that the NGOs will now start targeting the Asian pedophiles, because the message has been properly heard by Western peds.
Congrats, you've found a way that we can all be 'pro-choice' :o)
OK, what I am missing? The initial John Mark Fraud Karr threads were full of this "Thailand?" business. I didn't get it then, and never saw an explanation. SOMEBODY!!!
Although I would feel happy knowing that the inmates would be exacting their own special brand of justice upon him (I've heard that pedophiles are particularly hated in prisons) I fear that any trial would end up being a ten=year drawn out OJ/Cochran fiasco, with high priced lawyers battling high priced lawyers and the perp eventually walking, or something close.
An honorable man would simply blow his own brains out, but this slimeball obviously has no honor.
I fear that justice will not be served.
You won't get any arguments from me, although my sense of justice longs for torture in cases like this, as death is far too easy and far too long in coming, thanks to the current norm of 20+ years on death row and endless appeals before anyone is actually given a ride on Old Sparky.
If any Republican office holders are reading this, here is a chance to advance conservatism and spotlight our political enemies.
It would be a landslide-generating, winning issue for any honorable politician.
Of course by "appropriate action" they mean "rally to his defense".
Savage will have a field day with this story when he gets back from vacation.
That would be great if he did spend the rest of his life in prison. Let's hope he's cooked. I am so sick of these perverts. The idea of doing that to a child sickens me.
Well, he got his PHD in 1968, so he may even be of the "Fashionably Marxist" crowd....I understand that there are scads of them in Economics departments, as this was of course one of the popular ways to attempt to foist Socialism on the rest of us...spinning tales of the 'Soviet Miracle' while expounding upon (easily discredited) Socialist economic theory was, in the view of many fellow travelers, the surest route to getting that red hammer and sickle flag hoisted over the White House. In the college classrooms and lecture halls, the doors are shut tight when the Professor mounts his podium and so those pesky irritants like facts and truth can't come in and disrupt things....
Enough said about the state of our higher education system.
Although I did learn a few useful things in college, I found that it mainly got in the way of my education and I was delighted to leave. Fortunately I never knowingly encountered a pedophile (fortunate for the pedophile because he would have been killed, fortunate for me because the Societal Defense angle wouldn't have held up in court)
Fortunately for me, stoats live in warm caves, not on farms, where we can surround ourselves with good books, a highspeed internet connection and have a good steak now and then :-)
Criminals and perverts are becoming smarter...they can put on a good show and fool a lot of people....until they ;make a mistake.
"There seems to be an explosion of this crap and I'm afraid that the coverage is only serving to normalize this deviance. This needs to become a capital crime.
If any Republican office holders are reading this, here is a chance to advance conservatism and spotlight our political enemies."
Thankfully GWB signed some very strict laws pertaining to these sicko's committing crimes like this in other country's. This guy's totally screwed, for life.
He will say that he was just doing research.
My heart yearns for justice in cases like this, and so my heart also yearns for Medieval torture. The real deal, administered by clinical psychopaths and stretched out over weeks or months.
An example needs to be made, and this perv is the perfect candidate.
He has spent his career living high off of taxpayer funded grants and junkets, and has 'specialized' in impoverished nations with a large undercalss and a reputation for being havens for sex criminals.
I hope that the Iraqis won't dispose of Saddam's plastic shredding machines after his trial is over....I can think of another use for them.
Yes, and the scourge of pedophilia will continue to metastasize and destroy children's lives everywhere until a suitably severe punishment is devised.
Until then, this will be just another in a long, hideous line.
May God help us all...
Agreed in principle of course, but just yesterday I saw a MOST EXCELLENT episode of The Discovery Channel's series called The World's Most Evil Men. This episode was on Vlad Dracul (aka Count Dracula, aka Vlad The Impaler) and I instantly fell in love with impaling as a truly wonderful and just end for pedophiles.
Only the Democrats would object.
Anyone who is offended by the truth should not come to Free Republic.
Although I never became one myself, I grew up around heavily-degreed academics and your description reminds me of some of the reasons why I chose a different path. I am delighted that you have resisted the cancer of the mind and the soul that afflicts so very many of them, causing them to be utterly unbearable in polite society. I'm sorry to hear that you have been subjected to such awful displays, as I have no doubt that they do not cause your heart to swell with pride for the teaching professions. I'm hoping that you will come to FR regularly to 'vent'....dealing with that sort of thing on a regular basis would surely be a horrific punishment for any truly thoughtful person, which you certainly seem to be. Thank you very much for your insights and your post.
I'd put a bullet in his head !
Hard time in general population. I'm sure Bubba and the boys on D Block will know how to treat their new child molester cell mate .
Horrible. Note the "young boy" in comment #69. I noted that the article carefully avoided mentioning the sex of the children.
Pedophiles need to be executed.
Various individuals on FR have a mistaken idea that everyone in Thailand is running around with 10 year old prostitute. Nothing could be further from the truth. Unfortunately when their errors are pointed out to them, these individuals completely ignore the facts and continue on their tirades.
According to his resume, he was a professor at Chula. It is the most prestigeous university in the country. They don't just accept anyone to teach there.
Penn professors tend to think that they poop flowers and fart perufme. We have a Penn graduate on faculty at my school and he's a pompous windbag.
In the text of the article they mentioned that there was going to be an arrest in the Jon Bennet Ramsey case. He was in Thailand. The first three consecutive post all had the same one word response.
For FReeper posterity I was the second one to post the word Thailand with 3 question marks.