Saturday, January 27, 2007

Woman Faces 40 Years for Porn-Infected PC (Crazy, but True)

Have you ever faced a pop-up that wouldn't go away? You try clicking it closed and another pops up in less than a nanosecond. You grunt in annoyance and reboot the system, annoyed that your anti-spyware program let something slip through.

That's annoying, sure--but the chances are good that your experience won't land you in jail.

Substitute Teacher's Worst Nightmare

Julie Amero, a substitute teacher in Norwich, Connecticut, has been convicted of impairing the morals of a child and risking injury to a minor by exposing as many as ten seventh-grade students to porn sites.

The story is short: On October, 19, 2004, Amero was a substitute teacher for a seventh-grade language class at Kelly Middle School. A few students were crowded around a PC; some were giggling. She investigated and saw the kids looking at a barrage of graphic, hard-core pornographic pop-ups.

The prosecution contended that she had used the computer to visit porn sites.

The defense said that wasn't true and argued that the machine was infested with spyware and malware, and that opening the browser caused the computer to go into an endless loop of pop-ups leading to porn sites.

Amero maintains her innocence. She refused offers of a plea bargain and now faces an astounding 40 years in prison (her sentencing is on March 2).

2 Comments:

At 11:15 PM, Anonymous Bill "the future antichrist" clinton said...

This smells to me like an incomplete story. I'm guessing that something about this teacher made her a socially-acceptable target for scorn and vilification. Given that Connecticut is a very liberal state, I'm gonna guess that this teacher has expressed politically incorrect thoughts or perhaps she's a liberal who hasn't expressed strong liberal opinions, so she got no support from her peer group nor the school's administration.

On the other hand, maybe I'm all wrong. I dunno.

 
At 7:36 PM, Blogger scrotum2 said...

What the House and Senate should have done... years ago... when Al Gore first invented the internet.. Was to pass a law requiring the establishment of a .xxx domain; totally separate from .com, .net. Than we the consumers would be protected from this sort of thing, and not have to rely on software programs to block porn sites. Block the .xxx websites, and anyone that violates the law, and posts porn on .com, .net, throw them in jail.

Suppose the Congress was to busy working on social security reform, immigration reform, preventing oil companies from drilling in Alaska, so we remain dependent on Saudi, and Venzuala for oil, and eventually be dependent on China, when they start drilling off the Coast of Cuba.... Ah, Democracy is just great!

 

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