State Police say 28-year-old Joel Archambault is facing charges of promotion of sexual performance by a child and possession of sexual performance by a child.
Authorities say Archambault downloaded and shared images consistent with child sexual exploitation online.
As well as serving in his role as deputy chief for SUNY System Plaza, Archambault is also a part-time member of the Whitehall Police Department.
In a statement, SUNY officials say they have launched an internal investigation of their own and have suspended Archambault indefinitely. SUNY says they will continue to provide a secure and safe environment for faculty, staff, and students.
SUNY has issued a statement in response.
“We are all deeply disturbed by the alleged crime committed by a SUNY officer. While the criminal investigation is ongoing by the State Police, the officer has been suspended and if he is found to have violated any law or policy, we will pursue immediate termination.”
Archambault is due back in court later this month.