University professor Catherine Keske was jailed twice for not getting her son an unmonitored email account
A university professor was jailed for three months after failing to set up an email account for her 10-year-old son.
Catherine Keske was ordered behind bars as part of a long running custody battle with her ex-husband.
The Colorado State University professor had been told to provide her son with a cell phone and a secure e-mail account so her ex husband could communicate with his son freely.
Prof Keske, who has custody of the boy, failed to follow the court order and was found in contempt of court.
She was jailed for 90 days by a civil judge in Fort Collins, Colorado, but released after four days.
When her ex-husband Jeffrey Handley filed a motion saying the release was in error the 40-year-old was locked up again.
Prof Keske, who teaches agricultural sciences, spent a further 36 hours behind bars before again being released.
'I'm home with my son, and that's good,' she said after leaving the Jefferson County Detention Centre at the weekend.
The professor and her ex have been locked in a bitter custody battle over their two sons, aged 13 and ten, since the end of their marriage five years ago.
Each parent has custody of one of their two sons.
The older boy, aged 13, lives with his father while his mother has custody of the 10-year-old.
Friends and supporters of Prof Keske are outraged at her treatment after she was held locked up twice.
'This has just gone to the insanity level,' said a friend.
'The person who needs to be arrested is her ex-husband for not allowing her to see her son who lives with the father for two years.'
Prof Keske and her former husband have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on the child custody fight, according to friends.
The professor, who has re-married, is said to have re-mortgaged her home to pay the legal bills.
Friends say she is worried she will lose her job over the jail sentence which they claim was too harsh.