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Postby BGbootha » Wed Feb 14, 2007 12:30 pm

cnn.com wrote:Teacher's porn conviction sparks tech debate

• Students testified they saw nudity, picture of oral sex
• Expert says students were redirected to porn site from hair style site
• Prosecutor: teacher clicked on porn sites
• Principal: No firewall protection because vender's bill was unpaid

WINDHAM, Connecticut (AP) -- Until recently, Julie Amero says, she lived the quiet life of a small-town substitute teacher, with little knowledge of computers and even less about porn.

Now she is in the middle of a criminal case that hinges on the intricacies of both, and it 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.

"I'm scared," the 40-year-old Amero said. "I'm just beside myself over something I didn't do."

It all began in October 2004. Amero was assigned to a class at Kelly Middle School in Norwich, a city of around 37,000 people about 40 miles east of Hartford.

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.

Amero says she chased the students away and started class. But 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, and she was under strict orders not to shut the computer off.

"I did everything I possibly could to keep them from seeing anything," she says.

Prosecutor David Smith contended at Amero's three-day trial that she actually clicked on graphic Web sites.

Several students testified that they saw pictures of naked men and women, including at least one image a couple having oral sex.

Computer consultant Herb Horner testified for the defense that the children had gone to an innocent Web site on hair styles and were redirected to another hairstyle site that had pornographic links. "It can happen to anybody," Horner said.

The defense argued that the images were caused by adware and spyware -- programs that are often secretly planted on computers by Internet businesses to track users' browsing habits. They can generate pop-up ads -- in some cases, pornographic ones.

"It's absolutely plausible," Ari Schwartz, deputy director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, said of Amero's case. "It's a huge problem."

But many remain skeptical, including Mark Steinmetz, who served on Amero's jury.

"So many kids noticed this going on," Steinmetz said. "It was truly uncalled for. I would not want my child in her classroom. All she had to do was throw a coat over it or unplug it. We figured even if there were pop-ups, would you sit there?"

The Federal Trade Commission has been cracking down on companies accused of spreading malicious spyware to millions of computer users worldwide. And pop-up blockers that can prevent so-called porn storms are now in wide use.

Amero and her supporters say the old computer lacked firewall or antispyware protections to prevent inappropriate pop-ups.

"What is extraordinary is the prosecution admitted there was no search made for spyware -- an incredible blunder akin to not checking for fingerprints at a crime scene," Alex Eckelberry, president of a Florida software company, wrote recently in the local newspaper. "When a pop-up occurs on a computer, it will get shown as a visited Web site, and no 'physical click' is necessary."

Smith, the prosecutor, would not say what he plans to recommend when Amero is sentenced March 2. John Newsone, a defense attorney in Norwich familiar with the case, said Amero might be spared prison or face perhaps a year to 18 months.

Principal Scott Fain said the computer lacked the latest firewall protection because a vendor's bill had gone unpaid. "I was shocked to see what made it through," he said.

But Fain also said Amero was the only one to report such a problem: "We've never had a problem with pop-ups before or since."


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Postby BGbootha » Wed Feb 14, 2007 12:31 pm

I have always thought and worried about something like this as a teacher. This is why you always always test your technology equipment BEFORE any students are in the room.
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Postby chadlincoln » Wed Feb 14, 2007 12:56 pm

There was a teacher on Dateline last night as part of their "To Catch a Predator" series. Been a Jr. high teacher for 23 years went to have sex with a 13 year old boy.
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Postby acsguitar » Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:07 pm

This is just another example of how dumb the majority of the population is with computers.

A: The teacher is dumb for not knowing how to get it off the screen
B: The prosecuters are dumb for believing that its not possible have porn popups.


This is an accident I see it all the time at my work. people are like there is porn all over my computer

Spyware spam...

Seriously how can they even think of putting this person away for years and years for this.

Its no ones fault but the computer admins for not locking the computer down better
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Postby ironman » Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:10 pm

acsguitar wrote:This is just another example of how dumb the majority of the population is with computers.

A: The teacher is dumb for not knowing how to get it off the screen
B: The prosecuters are dumb for believing that its not possible have porn popups.


This is an accident I see it all the time at my work. people are like there is porn all over my computer

Spyware spam...

Seriously how can they even think of putting this person away for years and years for this.

Its no ones fault but the computer admins for not locking the computer down better


Yeah, if parents and officials are so upset about this, then why don't they demand the schools have tighter controls on their computer network?
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Postby slomo007 » Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:19 pm

Come on, a case of stupid parents being WAY too overprotective. It's different is the teacher is up there searching for it and/or doing more than just searching. But in this case it seems like everyone is in agreement it was a simple mistake. This is a joke and a waste of court time.
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Postby BGbootha » Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:20 pm

ironman wrote:Yeah, if parents and officials are so upset about this, then why don't they demand the schools have tighter controls on their computer network?


Because these are the same parents who won't vote for a school bond in order to get better technology in the classrooms. I am teaching history from books that were written in the 1980s!!!!! How can we afford to have better computers and better technology.
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Postby acsguitar » Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:20 pm

slomo007 wrote:Come on, a case of stupid parents being WAY too overprotective. It's different is the teacher is up there searching for it and/or doing more than just searching. But in this case it seems like everyone is in agreement it was a simple mistake. This is a joke and a waste of court time.


its funny how people trust 7th graders over a teacher
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Postby ironman » Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:23 pm

BGbootha wrote:
ironman wrote:Yeah, if parents and officials are so upset about this, then why don't they demand the schools have tighter controls on their computer network?


Because these are the same parents who won't vote for a school bond in order to get better technology in the classrooms. I am teaching history from books that were written in the 1980s!!!!! How can we afford to have better computers and better technology.


I wonder who'll win the Cold War...... ;-7

And typically its not the parents who won't vote for the school bond, it's all the crusty elderly folks that vote against them because dagnabit they ain't gonna spend any more of their money.....ooh Matlock is on!
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Postby Art Vandelay » Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:24 pm

acsguitar wrote:Seriously how can they even think of putting this person away for years and years for this.


Thirteen-year-olds saw naked people for a few seconds and there's a possibility that she may be partly to blame for that. I say she's getting off easy.
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