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College Continues To Pay Staff Member Who Confessed To Possessing Child Porn

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AUBURN, Wash. (CBS Seattle) – A college is still paying a staff member his full salary despite confessing to federal charges that he possessed massive amounts of child pornography.

KOMO-TV reports that Benjamin Gran is still receiving his $48,000 salary from Green River Community College for his job as a computer technician. Gran pleaded guilty in September to child pornography charges.

The school says the only reason they are still paying Gran is because of union rules.

“It’s the condition of him being in the union and him being here on campus as an employee,” college spokeswoman Vicki Sheehan told KOMO, adding that the school is taking the charges very seriously and that’s why he is on administrative leave.

Gran’s union shot back at the community college, calling it “nonsense.”

“I don’t know how they can say our contract or we are forcing them. That, in my opinion, is nonsense,” Greg Devereux, executive director for Washington Federation of State Employees, told KOMO.

Students are shocked that Gran has yet to be fired.

“It’s kind of alarming, to be honest,” Jake O’Donnell told KOMO.

The school says Gran will still be paid until he is sentenced in January.

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