CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – A professor at the University of North Carolina appeared in court Friday after being charged with second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
Arrest warrants showed that assistant research professor Kuo Yang, 33, was charged with 10 felony counts of exploiting a child.
Prosecutor Lamar Proctor said he wasn’t sure if additional charged will be filed as there is still an active investigation.
The documents showed that Yang duplicated and possessed material depicting sexual abuse of minors.
According to the University’s website, Yang is a research assistant professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
Yang was ordered to be held under a $500,000 secured bond.
A bail form for Yang indicates he has two passports, one of them Taiwanese.
Prosecutors asked the judge to take steps to keep Yang in this country if makes bond.
“It was ordered he be held on $500,000 secured bond and his passport be surrendered to law enforcement as conditions of his release,” Proctor said.
Yang told the judge he’d like his bail to be lowered.
The judge appointed a public defender and scheduled another hearing for Monday to review the request.
The University said it was aware of Yang’s arrest but would not comment further.