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Up to 40 Years in Prison for Popups
Friday, 12th January, 2007 Posted by Beren @ 09:34:34
The following news item it appears to me to be one of the stupidest miscarriages of justice in quite a while. A teacher showing members of her class things on the internet gets stuck in a loop of pornographic popups. Result: Police get brought in, she gets put on trial and is found guilty of "four counts of risk of injury to a minor, or impairing the morals of a child".

Oct. 19, 2004, while substituting for a seventh-grade language class at Kelly Middle School, Amero claimed she could not control the graphic images appearing in an endless cycle on her computer.

"The pop-ups never went away," Amero testified. "They were continuous."

The Web sites, which police proved were accessed while Amero was in the classroom, were seen by as many as 10 minor students. Several of the students testified during the three-day trial in Norwich Superior Court to seeing images of naked men and women.

Computer expert W. Herbert Horner, testifying in Amero's defense, said he found spyware on the computer and an innocent hair styling Web site "that led to this pornographic loop that was out of control."

"If you try to get out of it, you're trapped," Horner said.

In looking around at other sites one finds that the security expert who examined the computer wasn't allowed to fully testify. His examination it has been reported showed that there was a lot of spyware on the PC. Further the schools content filtering software's licence had expired. The investigating detective admitted on the stand that no search was made on the computer for malicious software during his investigation.

Now I am all for protecting children from pornography and other content on the internet that is not suitable for them. But just because they are children doesn't mean that the teacher (in this case a substitute teacher) has no rights at all. Because looking at what one can read about this trial, Amero is getting anything but a fair trial. The possibility of 40 years in prison for popups is ridiculous.

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