Judge certifies charges against former Liberty University professor accused of soliciting sex from a minor

Published: Nov. 19, 2018 at 3:44 PM EST
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A case involving a former Liberty University professor will be heard by a grand jury in January.

Stephen Kilpatrick, 63, is facing three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child younger than 15 and three counts of computer solicitation of a child younger than 15.

Kilpatrick appeared in Bedford County General District Court for a preliminary hearing Monday. At the conclusion of his hearing, a judge certified his charges to a grand jury for consideration of possible indictments.

In June, deputies arrested Kilpatrick of Forest, Va. He was taken into custody by investigators when he was driving to meet who he believed to be an underage female.

Deputies transported Kilpatrick to the Adult Detention Center in Bedford, facing multiple charges involving children.

Last month a judge granted a $125,000 bond on an appeal. He will remain on bond.

Kilpatrick was an associate professor in the mathematics department at Liberty University. He has been suspended from his position pending the outcome of his case, according to a statement from Liberty University at the time of Kilpatrick's arrest.