Sometimes I just love the wacky justice here in America. I'm sure anyone who's been surfing the web on a regular basis the past 5-10 years can feel this woman's pain:
Story Link: Teacher Faces Prison for Pop-Up Infested PC
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.
It's a short story: 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).
That's just plain ludicrous. I feel there's no way that this case will get past the appeals process, it's just plain silly. I just feel bad for her reputation and name being slandered. In the end, I'll bet she gets a healthy settlement from all those involved for the damages caused to her name/career.
On a side note, even if she had intentionally accessed porn sites earlier and then these kids played with the computer and were subjected to the pop-ups, so what? It's not like she was force-feeding porn to these kids, kids who likely have as much or more access to this type of content in their own homes. And why weren't the school's computers pro-actively able to block out that type of stuff?
And if she were guilty, that's a crime deserving of punishment of up to 40 years? If anything it's something the school should handle with either a stern reprimand or a suspension (not dismissal).
Besides, why are we Americans so afraid of the naked human body or the act of sexual intercourse? Why is it so terrible for little Billy to hear about or see it, like it's some horribly life scarring event. We act as if it's the same as little Billy seeing his parents bludgeoned to death. I've never understood that, never will. I'd hate to blame religious influences for that common attitude, but...
That's jsut a ridiculous story.
Truth be told, those kids are probably watching porn by the end of 6th Grade so really its bullshit.
40 years is also a joke, just a totally stupid case against an innocent teacher.
That really is ridiculous. If she actually gets 40 years, I'm moving to Canada.
yeah, if you were scarred for life by a porn site, you probably need help more than this teacher need prison. i mean c'mon, does it even sound like it affected the kids, they were loving every minute of it from what it sounds like? if anything, her being jailled will scar them
It's not gonig to go through, I guarentee it. However the parents may succesfully sue after the trial is over which is almost as bad. But she isn't gonig to get 40 years.
40 years is way too much. Its not like she raped them...
I herd about a simlar case on the news were this boy got 5 years house arrested for downloading an accadient file with child porn on and now the boy is really suffering. Anyway this is silly she din't hurt these kids in any way. Anyway most kids know what intercoarse is buy the time there in 5th grade. lol
Oh school PCs, I never looked at porn on them, but I had fun installing the original Doom and playing that whenever possible.
I think its funny that it was a 'she' looking at the porn on a school's computer, at first glance I would've bet some cash that it was a guy. Women are supposed to be better at keeping at bay the urge arent they?
She'll get leniency, they never prosecute to the max in cases like this. Do they?
no, they just keep it a women secret, known to every women but they dont tell any guys, so its a mystery to us
Ha ha. This is retarted. They just published that to stir up some publicity.. I HIGHLY doubt anything will happen to that woman. She may lose her job, and if the parents do, get sued. But prison?