A Southern Utah University football player has been charged with allegedly downloading child pornography in 2010.
Cameron Anthony Morgan, 22, was charged in 5th District Court with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Prosecutors allege that Morgan had 10 files of child pornography on his laptop.
But according to court documents, Morgan, a senior wide receiver from Texas, told investigators that the child porn was accidentally downloaded in a larger batch of adult pornography he obtained through LimeWire, a peer-to-peer file sharing site.
“Morgan said that in using LimeWire to search for pornography, he would come across child pornography,” an investigator wrote in court documents. “He said that if he did download child pornography, it was not on purpose.”
During a search of Morgan’s laptop, investigators found nine images and one video that contained depictions of children age 8 to 12 years old involved in sexual acts.
Prosecutors from the Utah Attorney General’s Office were unable to comment about the specifics of the case, including why it took two years for charges to be filed against Morgan.
This season, which SUU completed with a 5-6 record, Morgan played in five games. He had four receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was a one-handed catch of a Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half at Cal, which became a YouTube sensation. He has been a member of the SUU football team since 2009.
— Salt Lake Tribune reporter Steve Luhm contributed to this article.