Former Georgia Tech professor found guilty in child porn case

A former Georgia Tech associate professor has been found guilty of 76 counts of sexual exploitation of children.

Faiz Al-Khayyal was convicted by a jury Thursday in Fulton County Superior Court 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,” Attorney General Sam Olens said in a news release. “I am pleased that today Mr. Al-Khayyal has been brought to justice.”

Al-Khayyal, a native of Saudi Arabia, came under suspicion in 2009 while he was still employed by Georgia Tech and on a teaching assignment in China. Georgia Tech authorities contacted the Attorney General's Office after child pornography was found on the computer in his office.

He faces similar charges in Clayton County in connection with images found on his laptop, which was seized at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport upon his return from China.