ANCHORAGE -

A former University of Alaska Anchorage faculty member has been arrested on child pornography charges, after a public call for information on his whereabouts Tuesday night.

According to a Wednesday AST dispatch, 37-year-old Curtis Osterhoudt was taken into custody at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday by members of the Alaska Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant Attorney General Adam Alexander, the prosecutor in the case, says Osterhoudt turned himself in following a public call for information on his whereabouts Tuesday night. According to AST spokesperson Megan Peters, the surrender occurred at the office of Osterhoudt's attorney.

Troopers say the case against Osterhoudt dates back to Dec. 19, when investigators with the Alaska Bureau of Investigation’s Technical Crimes Unit found someone distributing explicit imagery online.

“Further investigation revealed the suspect to be on the UAA campus and a persistent link to the suspect showed the crime was still in progress,” troopers wrote. “Both the UAA Police Department and the Anchorage Police Department assisted troopers with the investigation at the campus location.”

ABI’s deputy commander, Lt. Rex Leath, says the investigation was a proactive case in which ABI members sought out child porn online -- which, in the December case, led back to Osterhoudt.

“We had to take the time to serve the proper subpoenas and search warrants and review that data that we accumulated, which was quite lengthy in this case, to ensure that we were accurate and we had the right person we were looking for,” Leath said.

In an email to Channel 2, UAA spokesperson Kristin DeSmith says Osterhoudt worked at UAA as an assistant professor of physics and astronomy from Aug. 12, 2012 until his resignation on Jan. 9, 2014.

“(The) University of Alaska does not monitor Internet content or search machines for evidence of wrongdoing unless there is a reasonable basis for suspecting that evidence of misconduct will be found,” DeSmith wrote. “If evidence of misconduct is found it is disclosed.”

Osterhoudt faces 10 counts of possessing child pornography and four counts of distributing it, which Alexander says hints at the extent of the case following seizures of evidence containing images.

“The number of counts gives some indication of the number of devices (involved) here, all which had to be forensically examined, all by (ABI),” Alexander said.

Osterhoudt was held at the Anchorage Jail on a total of $100,000 cash bail, with a court-approved third-party custodian required for release, and was arraigned Wednesday afternoon. He entered a plea of not guilty.

Channel 2’s Abby Hancock contributed information to this story.