A fire in New Jersey has lead to the arrest of a Pratt professor on charges of child pornography.
Firefighters battling a blaze at El-Zoghby’s home in Eagleswood Township in Ocean County on Tuesday unwittingly discovered child pornography, according to the New Jersey State Police.
El-Zoghby, 76, an undergraduate architecture professor, and his wife were not at the home during the fire, according to police. When firefighters had to dismantle the home El-Zoghby designed to make sure the fire wasn’t spreading, magazines, including pornography, began to fall from the ceiling.
“There was one magazine in that literature that contained images of prepubescent females from the 1970s,” said State Trooper Christopher Kay.
When El-Zoghby arrived at the scene of the fire, he was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child. He was released of his own recognizance.
El-Zoghby was scheduled to teach two undergraduate architecture classes this semester at Pratt, an advanced architectural design studio and a criticism course, but has since been suspended.
Pratt Institute spokesperson Mara McGinnis said the school is looking in to the allegations against him.
“Professor El-Zoghby is on a leave of absence while the Institute's Department of Human Resources investigates the matter,” said Pratt spokesperson Mara McGinnis, adding that the school had no record of student complaints against El-Zoghby that were relevant to the charges.