[NetBehaviour] Teacher guilty in Norwich porn case.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sat Jan 13 16:12:24 CET 2007
Teacher guilty in Norwich porn case.
By GREG SMITH
NORWICH -- State Prosecutor David Smith said he wondered why Julie Amero
didn't just pull the plug on her classroom computer.
The six-person jury Friday may have been wondering the same thing when
they convicted Amero, 40, of Windham of four counts of risk of injury to
a minor, or impairing the morals of a child. It took them less than two
hours to decide the verdict. She faces a sentence of up to 40 years in
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."
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