Lehigh U. Official Arrested in Child Sex Case

Published: July 17, 2007

BETHLEHEM, Penn.- Lehigh University Vice Provost for Institutional Research Steven James Devlin has been arrested for meeting a detective posing as a woman offering her two daughters for sex.

Shortly after his arrest last week, Pennsylvania State Police raided the Lehigh office where he worked. They seized a computer and MapQuest directions along with various storage devices and institutional research records.

Devlin had allegedly been conversing online with the detective since May and had even gone so far as to write that he and his wife had likewise prepared their two girls since the ages of 10 and 12. The suspect’s wife, Bonnie Devlin, denied that she or her children – a boy and a girl – had anything to do with her husband’s behavior.

Devlin posted bail for release from prison and now lives at home under electric monitoring. He has also been placed on administrative leave from his position at Lehigh University.

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Charges against Devlin, which include solicitation to commit rape, will be addressed at a preliminary hearing on July 19.

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