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Former Radford Professor Found Guilty on Misdemeanor Charges

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Former Radford University criminal justice professor Taj Mahon-Haft was in court Wednesday morning.

Judge Brad Finch found him guilty of resisting arrest and obstruction of justice, charges stemming from Mahon-Haft's March 21t arrest.

The judge sentenced him to serve 12 months on each charge. The judge also certified 57 felony child pornography charges.

The arresting officer, Radford City Police Detective Jimmy Smith, testified it took about an hour to take Mahon-Haft into custody. Smith said Mahon-Haft refused to come out of the house and they had to go inside and get him. They found Mahon-Haft locked in a bathroom. When they tried to arrest him, Smith says Mahon-Haft slapped his hand and another officer had to tase him.

Testimony also came from Radford Police Officer Ben Mullins, who was dispatched to Mahon-Haft's home Dec. 22 because side doors were open on the home. During a search of the home, police say they found the following upstairs in plain view: a white powder that later field-tested positive as cocaine, a razor blade, and a green plant-like substance.

The defense asked why Mullins and a second responding officer went inside the home when they didn't find any broken glass, footprints or reports of criminal activity.

Mullins said there was no response from anyone inside the home and it was unusual to have doors open during 48-degree weather.

After the home search, Mullins said he got a search warrant and returned to the home and took evidence, including the above mentioned items and computers and hard drives. Investigators say they found hundreds of child pornography pictures and movies on a hard drive and Radford University-issued computer. 

The defense may appeal what happened in court.

On June 14, the case goes before the grand jury and a trial date is expected sometime after that.