Porn Trial Set for Feb. 4

Steven Eagle, a lecturer in the Visual and Environmental Studies department, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of children and will face trial on February 4.

Eagle is being charged with receiving magazines from Holland that include photographs of adults and youths under 18 engaging in sexually explicit conduct, Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Via said last month.

Customs agents and Harvard police arrested the Harvard lecturer at his home on December 10. He is free on $25,000 bail pending trial.

In the meantime, the magistrate who presided over Eagle's arraignment instructed him "to continue his counseling treatment during release unless discharged by [the] counseling facility," according to a court docket. The docket, which lists Stan Eagel as a pseudonym for the lecturer, did not specify what type of counseling Eagle is receiving.

10 Years in Jail

The felony charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and a $250,000 fine for each count, according to Via.

Eagle could not be reached for comment and his lawyer, Richard L. Fox, of Carragher, Fox and Lampert declined to comment.