Magazine article American Libraries

Filter Flap Confounds CIPA-Compliant Library

Magazine article American Libraries

Filter Flap Confounds CIPA-Compliant Library

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A Pittsfield, Massachusetts, man was charged February 3 in New London (Conn.) Superior Court with possession of child pornography. The charges filed against Christopher J. Zamisz, 37, were the result of a two-month investigation into whether a patron at the Groton (Conn.) Public Library had viewed and downloaded child pornography December 12 at a public-access terminal there--despite the fact that the library filters its internet access in compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act.

Law enforcement traced Zamisz through information stored on a library machine that local authorities confiscated, Assistant Police Chief Mike Crowley told the February 3 New London Day. Crowley explained that the computer's hard drive was sent for analysis to Connecticut's police pornography investigation unit, which collaborated in the case with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

A month before charges were brought, the nature of the investigation prompted Groton city council member James L. …

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