CT Teacher Faces Prison for Porn-in-Class Conviction

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A Connecticut substitute teacher is in the middle of an internet pornography case that could put her behind bars for up to 40 years. She was convicted last month of exposing seventh-grade students to pornography on her classroom computer. She contended the images were inadvertently thrust onto the screen by pornographers’ unseen spyware and adware programs. Prosecutors dispute that. But her argument has made her a cause celebre among some technology experts, who say what happened to her could happen to anyone.

It began in October 2004, when Amero was assigned to a middle school class Norwich. Amero says that before her class started, a teacher allowed her to e-mail her husband. She says she used the computer and went to the bathroom, returning to find the permanent teacher gone and two students viewing a Web site on hair styles. Later, she says, pornographic images started popping up on the computer screen by themselves. She says she tried to click the images off, but they kept returning. But a jury was convinced during Amero’s three-day trial that she clicked on graphic Web sites.

Link: http://www.cnn.com/2007/LAW/02/13/teacher.porn.ap/index.html

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