U of M professor arrested at home for alleged child exploitation

Published 1:45pm Saturday, March 8, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS  — An associate professor who taught at the University of Minnesota is under arrest in connection with alleged child exploitation in Louisiana.

The FBI says 62-year-old Woody Dale Branton was arrested without incident at his home in Minneapolis Friday. Branton later appeared in federal court.

The warrant for his arrest was issued in Louisiana.

Branton was hired by the University of Minnesota on Sept. 1, 1988. He’s an associate professor in the Department of Neuroscience but is not teaching this semester.

A university spokesman says the school is reviewing Branton’s employment status.

Branton will be kept in custody for a detention and removal hearing set for Wednesday in St. Paul.