State Rep shows porn on memory stick to students, has no idea how it got there

Ben says: "I remember the story of the substitute teacher accused of showing porn on a school computer in January and figured I'd share a related story. I wonder if [Ohio] Rep. Barrett will end up convicted of risk of injury to a minor and face a 40 year sentence as well?"
State Rep. Matthew Barrett was giving a civics lesson Tuesday when he inserted a data memory stick into the school computer and the projected image of a topless woman appeared instead of the graphics presentation he had downloaded.

Police interviewed Barrett and school officials and seized the data memory stick and the computer to determine where the image came from, a state highway patrol spokesman said.

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"I have no idea where these came from," the Democrat said.

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  1. More details from the bbc: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7028389.stm

    So the images appear to have been willingly added to USB drive, seeings how they were in a folder on the drive (no virus based activities, at least the bbc make it sound that way) and it sounds like windows just autoran the drive with a default “open folder” setting when inserted. Which would also suggest the pics were saved in the root folder. Although I guess if it just recognized a load of photos on the thing it’d might’ve given a “view slideshow / images” option, which someone with little experience may just click ok to whatever it says, then whatever windows found first would show… but anyway.

    How on earth did this guy not notice them when presumably he saved his presentation to the drive in the first place? I could accept it may not have autorun in the same way when inserted in to his own pc, but to save any files to it surely he would have started in the root folder anyway? If so, at the very least he would’ve had to ignore numerous jpg files with possibly dubious names.

  2. I’m sure if you could get an Ask Slashdot posted, and find an image host that would be willing and able to host the pictures about to be Slashdotted, in under an hour you’d know everything about where the pictures came from (including model names, photographer, distributing company, hosts licensed to post them, a complete list of unlicensed mirrors, and the dates the pictures were taken). =)

    Come to that, I suspect if I got an Ask Slashdot posted without the pictures, it would take less than a day before all of the above are obtained. Hmm….

  3. Wasn’t a teacher found guilty of showing porn to kids on accident?

    Same state?

    Can we get this guy prosecuted as well? ;)

  4. I bought a 1GB USB stick (back when 1GB sticks were just beginning to appear on the market) from some no-name oriental manufacturer. To my surprise, it had simpsons porn on it, of all things. Needless to say, it didn’t take many seconds before I ran mkfs.ext3 on it.

  5. “I have no idea where these came from”

    Clearly bullshiat, but what would you expect the guy to say? “I loves me some porn?”

  6. 1. It wasn’t Ohio where the teacher got nailed for computer porn.
    2. “It was my kids” is a common excuse given for porn found on laptops. Even though evidence clearly shows that it was the adult doing it.
    3. Barrett didn’t run on a “family values” agenda so if he looks at porn that isn’t my problem. In fact a porn surfing legislator is a plus in my book. He should be less likely to stomp out the theatres & the contemporary arts. His wife might have issues with it, but it’s not like he cheated on her.

  7. Only in America… and perhaps the Vatican. A topless woman on the screen, ohmygod, I guess I must stick my eyes out with a fork now.

  8. “Police interviewed Barrett and school officials and seized the data memory stick and the computer to determine where the image came from”

    Was that really necessary?

    By which I mean to say, has everyone gone completely insane?

  9. Upon further investigation the authorities have charged Barret with possession of a hoax device.

  10. woah, breasts ! I hope for his sake that they don’t have the death penalty in that state. (rolls eyes)

  11. [quote]
    Wasn’t a teacher found guilty of showing porn to kids on accident?

    Same state?

    Can we get this guy prosecuted as well? ;)
    [/quote]

    I hope the wink means that you’re saying this in Jest BQAggie87. The fact of the matter with the previous case you and the submitted of the above story both bring up is that the Sub teacher in question was using a computer at the school that had absolutely no security on it and the thing was riddled with p0rnware. And beyond that fact it was st00pid of her to be charged anyways, so it might be best if they don’t charge this dude so that she has some rights to stand on.

    I totally agree with #10 and #11

  12. Even though this case may not be rooted in sinister intentions, the cynic in me says that the nudie pics could have conceivably been placed there by republican operatives in order to damage Barrett’s reputation. It may not be what actually happened, but it sure seems like a good political dirty trick. Maybe I should be a high-paid strategist?

  13. Who saves porn on a memory stick anyway? Are people so hard up for porn they have to carry it around on a memory stick? The internet is everywhere folks, and in a pinch theres always the 7-11 down the street.

  14. “Who saves porn on a memory stick anyway? Are people so hard up for porn they have to carry it around on a memory stick?”

    I have a 4gb memory stick. What *don’t* I have on it? Frankly, its easy to not know what you have with that much space.

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