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Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison confirmed Saturday afternoon that 61-year-old Stephen Pulsford was found deceased at his home over the weekend in Berea.

Pulsford, who was an associate professor of English at Berea College, was one of three men arrested and charged with distribution of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance on Aug. 4 as part of an undercover internet crimes against children investigation. 

He was released from the Madison County Detention Center the following day at noon.

The charge Pulsford was facing is a Class-D felony and punishable by one to five years in prison.

Cornelison said he was notified around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday that Pulsford’s body had been discovered on the professor’s property.

The coroner said he does not suspect foul play at this time, but is awaiting results from toxicology and other tests. 

On Monday, Berea College released a statement following the news of Pulsford’s death.

“Dr. Pulsford had been a member of the faculty since 1995.  He was a former chair of the Department of English and specialized in Victorian literature.  His loss will be deeply felt by his family and close friends, and we ask that you keep them in mind in their grief.  This news was shared with the faculty and staff of the College on Saturday,” the release stated.

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