PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A Saint Leo University professor is facing child pornography charges.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 55-year old Dr. Steven Basil Kistulentz at his home in Safety Harbor on Tuesday.

According to the arrest affidavit, the sheriff’s office received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that said child pornography had been uploaded to a website several times by a user named ‘SIRRAWDON’ between April 19 and May 4, 2021.

A detective submitted several subpoena requests and linked Kistulentz and his residence to the uploads.

After the deputy read him his rights, Kistulentz admitted to sending and receiving images that showed children performing sexual acts, the report said. He initially told investigators he believed the girl seen in the images was an adult, but later changed his story, according to the affidavit.

He was arrested and charged with two counts of intentional viewing of child pornography.

A representative from the sheriff’s office declined to comment, saying this is an open and ongoing investigation and additional charges are possible.

According to his biography, Kistulentz is the director of the university’s graduate program in creative writing and also an associate English professor.

In 2019, he was appointed the City of Safety Harbor’s poet laureate. He is also the author of the novel Panorama and other works.

St. Leo University released the following statement after his arrest:

Upon learning of the charges filed by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Saint Leo University has placed Steve Kistulentz on administrative leave and has suspended his access to the university. He will have no contact with students. We are awaiting further information as this matter is being investigated.

-Marie Cirelli Thornsberry, spokeswoman, Saint Leo University