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Former Georgia Tech Professor Convicted in Child Porn Case

Faiz Al-Khayyal was convicted on all 76 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children and will be sentenced at a later date.

Al-Khayyal was convicted on all 76 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children and will be sentenced at a later date. Courtesy Georgia Tech
Al-Khayyal was convicted on all 76 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children and will be sentenced at a later date. Courtesy Georgia Tech
A Fulton County Superior Court jury on Thursday found former Georgia Tech professor Faiz Al-Khayyal guilty of possessing child pornography.

Al-Khayyal, a native of Saudi Arabia, was convicted on all 76 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children and will be sentenced at a later date.

“Possession of child pornography is a heinous crime that exploits the most vulnerable members of our society,” said Attorney General Sam Olens in a news release.

In 2009, while Al-Khayyal was on a teaching assignment in China, Georgia Tech identified images of sexually explicit material involving children on Al-Khayyal’s computer and notified the Attorney General’s office.

A subsequent investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) revealed images of child pornography on Al-Khayyal’s office computer in Fulton County. Upon his return from China, Al-Khayyal was stopped by customs officials at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and his laptop computer was confiscated on suspicion of possession of child pornography.

Charges against him relating to the images contained on his Georgia Tech-issued laptop are pending in Clayton County.


The Office of the Attorney General of Georgia contributed to this report that was edited for publication.

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