Ishida

Theodore Ishida. 

A Cal State Bakersfield assistant professor of psychology pleaded not guilty Thursday after being charged in connection with what police said were hundreds of images of children engaged in sex acts or simulating sex acts found on his computer.

Theodore Ishida, 63, is free on bail following his arrest earlier this month. CSUB officials have said Ishida is on paid suspension until the investigation concludes, and he's been barred from the campus in the interim.

The inappropriate content was downloaded from a CSUB computer then transferred to Ishida's personal computer, police said. 

Ishida admitted downloading and viewing inappropriate content, according to court documents. He said viewing the material was "sexually exciting" for him when he's bored, but he doesn't think about engaging in sex acts with children.

According to court documents, police located 841 inappropriate images of juveniles in Ishida's possession, including 724 images of prepubescent children.

Additionally, a total of 15 sexually explicit videos of juveniles were found, including one police described as involving "sexual sadism," the documents said.

The case against Ishida began in August of last year, when he reported somebody forced entry into his residence on Durham Court and removed several items, including his computer, according police. 

Four months later, Ishida called the detectives assigned to the burglary investigation and told them an unknown suspect had called him and demanded money in exchange for his computer. The suspect told Ishida if he did not pay him money, he would notify law enforcement of inappropriate sexual content on the computer, according to BPD.

Investigators confirmed a suspect, later identified as Francois Gariepy, was attempting to extort Ishida in exchange for money.

According to court documents, Gariepy contacted Ishida using an email address of "lessthanlawrfees@yahoo.com" and called himself "Your Wayout." The documents say he told Ishida to pay him $60,000 in return for his computer. If he refused, the emails threatened, copies of "evidence" taken from the computer would be released to law enforcement and media. 

Contacted by police who managed to trace the emails, Gariepy said he was only joking. He was arrested. 

Ishida is next due in court Feb. 27. 

Gariepy has pleaded not guilty to extortion and has a hearing set for Feb. 6. 

Jason Kotowski can be reached at 661-395-7491. Follow him on Twitter @tbcbreakingnews.

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Yeah, when I'm bored I pull the wings off flies and insert firecrackers in cat's rears. Its only natural. A psychologist doing that is like a physician dissecting whores on the streets of London.

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