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Expert on Child Spirituality Pleads Guilty To Possessing Child Porn

(UPDATED) Professor from Wheaton, Biola, Vanguard, and Toccoa Falls was known for his work on the spiritual formation of children.

Update (Feb. 26): Donald Ratcliff, former Wheaton college professor who authored books on child development and spirituality, has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for possessing hundreds of images and videos of child pornography, reports the Chicago Tribune.

"I am a fallen man," Ratcliff said to a DuPage County judge yesterday. "I was given great opportunities and I squandered them."

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Update (Aug. 5): Donald Ratcliff, a former Wheaton College professor accused of making pornographic images of children available for download over the Internet, pleaded guilty today to felony possession of child pornography. In exchange, prosecutors dropped nine other felony charges against him, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Ratcliff, who was fired by Wheaton College two weeks after his arrest in March 2012, faces up to seven years in prison but could be eligible for parole, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. His sentencing is Oct. 9.

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