#sextrafficking | Former Elon University professor arrested and charged with trafficking minors for sex in New York

Peter Kiwitt, former Elon University School of Communications assistant professor, was “arrested and charged by criminal complaint with sex trafficking of a minor, sex trafficking of a minor using force, fraud, and coercion, and possession of child pornography,” according to an announcement on Sept. 20 from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $250,000 fine. Kiwitt is currently being held without bail.

In 2017, Kiwitt was convicted for child pornography. He was found in possession of a sexual performance by a child in Greece, New York. He was required to register as a Level 1 sex offender.

From 2005 to 2009, Kiwitt was an assistant professor of cinema, now Cinema & Television Arts. He also served as an adviser to Cinelon Productions, an on-campus student-run film production company.

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