Fmr. college instructor indicted on child sex charge | Crime
GAFFNEY, SC (WBTV) - A federal grand jury indicted a former Limestone College instructor on charges that he performed sexual acts with an 8-year-old boy while another person watched the acts through a web camera.
According to the one-page, one-count indictment, Robert Kolodzy, 30, "engaged in sexually explicit conduct...for the purpose of transmitting live visual depictions of such conduct."
The allegations stem from a cross-country FBI child pornography investigation where agents linked a computer in Kolodzy's home to James Entzminger, a California man investigators said admitted to being involved in trading child pornography.
Agents searched the Entzminger's emails and discovered he was sending explicit messages to a Hotmail account that was later traced to South Carolina, records show.
Among the emails, it appeared the owner of the Hotmail account was sexually abusing an 8 year old child; watching pornography with the child and performing sexual acts, FBI Special Agent Robert Hamod wrote in an affidavit.
Entzminger told investigators he would watch the activity through a web camera.
Hamod said agents obtained a search warrant for the Hotmail account and it led them to Kolodzy's home in Gaffney.
"Kolodzy admitted that these conversations were of a sexual nature," Hamod wrote, adding, "Kolodzy admitted that some of the video communications involved and 8 year old boy in a state of undress."
"On at least one occasion while video communicating with "James" [the boy] touched him in a sexual way."
In an email, Limestone College spokesperson Eric Lawson said Kolodzy was a Physical Education Instructor and Assistant Athletic Trainer with the college before he was fired. When Kolodzy was arrested, Lawson said the college suspended him but the severity of punishment changed when campus officials learned the specific details of the allegations.
"As the details of the charges were made known and we learned the extremely serious nature of the accusations, I made the decision that his employment at Limestone College must be terminated immediately," Limestone College President Walt Griffin said.
Griffin said he asked the school's attorney, William Rhoden, to conduct an independent investigation on the Limestone College campus to ensure no other employees were involved in the alleged crimes. "We prefer to authorize this independent investigation to be absolutely sure," he said.
An email seeking comment from President Griffin and Lawson regarding the status of the investigation was not immediately returned.
Kolodzy waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He is currently in custody of The United States Marshals.
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