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UNC Professor Accused by Teens in His Care

Posted June 11, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A University of North Carolina professor faces charges for his alleged behavior with two teenagers. Police say he gave the teens alcohol and cigarettes and exposed them to pornographic films.

Professor William Thompson is charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The boys were 13 and 14 years old.

Thompson agreed to a search of his home where police found photos, wine coolers and cigarettes. The investigation is continuing.

Thompson has taught nuclear physics at UNC for 27 years. Police say the arrest of the tenured professor stems from statements they took from the two teenage boys.

Chapel Hill Police Lt. Marvin Clark told WRAL-TV5'sMark Robertsthe teens told police about the items they were exposed to in Thompson's home.

The two boys were apparently under the professor's care at the time. He called police to report the boys missing and when police found them, they told their story.

Photographer:Ed Wilson