2 PA Officials Resign as Email Porn Scandal Grows

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Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo and a top aide resigned Thursday over revelations that they were among dozens of state officials who sent or received pornographic e-mails over state computers, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. In a letter to Gov. Corbett, Abruzzo said he had not been able to review the explicit messages he allegedly sent or received, but said he accepted responsibility for “any lack of judgment” he may have exhibited.

Hours later, the department’s deputy chief counsel, Glenn Parno, also resigned. Their resignations made them the first high-ranking casualties of a scandal that has coursed through the capital as Corbett vies for a second term. Abruzzo and Parno were among eight state officials who Attorney General Kathleen Kane disclosed last week had sent or received hundreds of sexually explicit photos, videos, and messages from state e-mail accounts between 2008 and 2012.

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