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Former student held amid child porn allegations

By Liz Dailey
Arizona Daily Wildcat
September 21, 1998
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Tucson police arrested a former UA student last Wednesday after officers alleged that they found child pornography on a computer in his home, police said.

Tyrone V. Henry, 26, of the 400 block of West Kelso Street, was cited on three counts of exploitation of a minor and taken to Pima County Jail.

Before finding the alleged child porn, Tucson Police Department officers obtained a search warrant and searched Henry's home in connection with another sex crimes inquiry.

"We had been investigating lewd acts upon UA students," TPD Sgt. Betty Whitmore said.

Six female University of Arizona students filed complaints last spring about a man who had contacted them and invited them to take part in testing a new facial cream, the Arizona Daily Wildcat reported in April.

All of the women reported to the police that the cream tasted like semen, Detective Kathi Kelley of the TPD sex crimes unit said in April.

According to Kelley, the facial cream studies were conducted in a house and the man would ask the women to lay down on his couch while he applied the cream to their faces.

Kelley said that at one point during the "test," the women were told to close their eyes as the man applied the cream from what resembled the cap to a 2-liter bottle.

"The investigation led to the search warrant," Whitmore said.

During the search, police found no evidence of tainted facial cream.

Henry was not cited in connection with the facial cream incidents.

"The photos were not related to the students," Whitmore said.

After being taken to Pima County Jail Wednesday, Henry was released later that day, a jail official said yesterday.

Cmdr. Brian Seastone, of the University of Arizona Police Department, said he could not recall any remotely similar incidents during his 18 years of university employment, adding that he did vaguely recollect the facial cream allegations.

"I remember hearing something about it," Seastone said.

Henry worked as a Daily Wildcat opinions columnist from August 1994 to May 1995.

Former Wildcat Opinions Editor Jon Burstein, who worked during the same time period, declined to comment about the arrest of his former employee. Burstein now is an Arizona Daily Star reporter.

Phone calls to Henry's residence yesterday were not returned.

Liz Dailey can be reached via e-mail at Liz.Dailey@wildcat.arizona.edu.