U of M Professor Accused of Child Exploitation Arrested by FBI

Updated: 03/08/2014 7:06 AM
Created: 03/07/2014 4:52 PM
By: Cassie Hart

A University of Minnesota professor accused of child exploitation has been arrested.

FBI Special Agents arrested Woody Dale Branton, 62, of Minneapolis, without incident at his home Friday.

An arrest warrant had been issued for Branton out of the Western District of Louisiana for offenses pertaining to child exploitation, allegedly involving a 15-year-old girl.

Branton made his initial appearance in Federal District Court on Friday.

He has been with the U of M since 1988. He is an Associate Professor of Neuroscience, but has not been teaching this semester.

The university is reviewing Branton's employment status, according to Chuck Tombarge a spokesperson for the U of M.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports court documents say Branton will be kept in custody for a detention and removal hearing set for Wednesday in St. Paul.


Photo: Woody Dale Branton/University of Minnesota bio page

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