A University of Connecticut football player accused of importing child pornography in his dorm room he told police someone offered him cash to post photos and videos, officials said.
Gregory McKee, an 18-year old offensive lineman on UConn’s football team, was arrested and suspended from the team just weeks shy of the UConn's first BCS Bowl appearance. The team will play in the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona on New Year's Day.
Wearing a 2010 Big East championship t-shirt, he appeared before a judge on Wednesday and has not made bond.
According to court documents, police found videos of boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 17 and photos of boys and girls ranging from 8 to 11 years old engaging in sexual activity, and that police found evidence of McKee transmitting them.
McKee gave a written statement to having the photos and videos, but told police he met someone online who offered to pay him for posting the images, according to officials. The payment never arrived.
McKee received a scholarship to UConn and, according to his bio on UConn's Web site, he is a freshman offensive tackle from Chicago, but he had not yet played a game. He was a red shirt and there are no plans for him to travel to Arizona with the team.
Police went to McKee's dorm in Rosebrooks Hall on Nov. 16, and seized evidence. The computer crimes and electronic evidence laboratory investigated and police obtained a warrant, charging him with importing child pornography, promoting a minor in obscene performances and obscenity .
McKee turned himself in on Wednesday. He was processed and held with bail set at $75,000, state police said.