…at least it did for Oliver Collins. He used to be an electrical engineering professor at Notre Dame University (really…at Notre Dame..how funny). Collins was fired after it was alleged he spent nearly $200,000 in federal grant money and university funds to purchase equipment to take his dirty, seedy pornographic images.

Collins now lives in Key West, Florida and is fighting this supposed unjustly firing, citing “breach of contract”.

Notre Dame claims the professor used money from a National Science Foundation grant AND matching university funds to purchase a shitload of photography equipment including the following: seven digital cameras, surveillance cameras, lenses, an oversized printer and computer equipment.

“Collins took many of these cameras and accessories to his home and used them extensively in pursuit of his personal hobby, including taking landscape and pornographic photographs,” Notre Dame said in its response.

Collins, who worked at the university since 1995, claims that the college wrongfully fired him and can’t prove he was the person who took the pornographic images. Good luck on that one asshole. How about explaining who bought all of the shit!

Although the sexual images were discovered on computers he was responsible for, Collins claims he did not know about them, stating several people had access to the same computers.

Collins filed a lawsuit in July stating that his professional and personal reputation has suffered. He seeks more than $75,000 in damages. The professor said the university failed to prove the exact reasons he was fired. Notre Dame denies this.

Responding to Collin’s lawsuit, the university filed a similar suit on August 19, claiming it has incurred damages of more than $140,000 plus the money required to fund the investigation. The university is charging Collins to pay these costs.

Collins had been suspended with pay since August 24, 2009, when he was locked out of his office and lab.

A preliminary pre-trial conference is scheduled for September 21 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Christopher Nuechterlein.

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