Update, 10:23 a.m. Wednesday: A Lynchburg man arrested Tuesday for allegedly possessing child porn is a Liberty University employee and LU online student, according to a statement released by the university Wednesday.

Jeremy Cole Whorley, 29, is facing 10 counts of possession of child porn, according to the Lynchburg Police Department. Whorley was taken into custody without incident, booked in the Lynchburg Adult Detention Center and denied bond. He is scheduled to appear in court in August.

LU suspended Whorley “pending the outcome of the matter” and is cooperating with law enforcement, according to the statement. Whorley is currently enrolled in LU’s online Masters of Business Administration Program.

Whorley is the second LU employee arrested in connection with a Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation in the past two weeks.

On June 28, mathematics professor Stephen Kilpatrick was arrested and charged with three counts of indecent liberties of a child younger than 15 years old and three counts of the use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children.

According to a search warrant filed in court last week, Kilpatrick often communicated with who he believed to be a 13-year-old female “while at work in his office.”

The two cases are not connected, according to task force investigator and Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Chris Edmondson.

Kilpatrick is scheduled to appear in court in November. 


EARLIER: A Lynchburg man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly possessing child porn, according to the Lynchburg Police Department.

Jeremy Cole Whorley, 29, was taken into custody without incident and is now facing 10 counts of possession of child porn.

In June, LPD officers working in conjunction with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force identified Whorley as a possible suspect, police said. Police executed a search warrant at his home on Heritage Circle.

Whorley was booked in the Lynchburg Adult Detention Center and denied bond, according to police.

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Richard Chumney covers breaking news and public safety for The News & Advance. Reach him at (434) 385-5547.

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