Magazine article Reason

Pop-Up Crackdown: Sex Panic in Connecticut

Magazine article Reason

Pop-Up Crackdown: Sex Panic in Connecticut

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IN JANUARY, Julie Amero, a substitute teacher in Norwich, Connecticut, was convicted of "four counts of risk of injury to a minor, or impairing the morals of a child." Prosecutors said she had intentionally exposed a class of seventh-graders to Internet porn.Amero, who has no criminal record and had yet to be sentenced at press time, could get 40 years in prison.

But Amero says she never intended to turn the lesson into a study in smut. She was using the computer in front of students, she says, when a loop of pop-up ads for porn sites began to appear. As she tried to close the ads, the loops only intensified. She says some sort of adware or malicious software on her computer caused the pop-up ads to appear; such infections were indeed found on the computer later, including the Web address of a seemingly innocuous hairdressing site that spun off the loop of porn ads that Amero described in her defense. …

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