Amero Case Ends

Felony charges dropped against teacher in porn/spyware case reports that substitute teacher Julie Amero is finally clear of the ridiculous charge that she impaired the morals of children by intentionally exposing them to pornography.  The prosecution ignored the most obvious explanation, that the pornography on the poorly-maintained classroom computer was the result of spyware..  The state conducted no forensic exam of the computer and consulted no computer experts before charging Amero.  (See stories here and here.)  Michael Regan, the prosecutor, still doesn’t get it.  It’s been reported that “he remained convinced of Amero’s guilt and was prepared to take the case to trial again.”  The charges were dropped in exchange for Amero’s plea to a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct and agreement to surrender her teaching license.  I understand why Amero would want to put this nightmare behind her but the misdemeanor plea is truly a case of putting lipstick on a pig.  The state should have let her walk with a clean record.

5 Replies to “Amero Case Ends”

  1. Brianne

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  2. alexc

    I’d actually like to look at the facts of this case more closely. I work part-time in IT and I’ve had to deal with countless cases of spyware, viruses, you name it. I have rarely had a case of any of these being present on a computer without the main user being responsible for the intrusion.

  3. Victor Pan

    “The ordeal left her hospitalized for stress and heart problems, the report said.”

    I agree that the court should simply throw the case out, however, it’s not totally ridiculous for a person to cave into a legal lawsuit even if they’re not guilty.

    The stress obviously was taking away from her health – so she decided to take the easier way out… I don’t know if it was much easier though, because she lost her teaching license… She’s probably not too sane in the first place to cave into something as ridiculous as this – she could probably even sue the state for the infliction of emotional distress with the physical manifestations she has amassed…

    What kind of state prosecutor would be dumb enough to not know anything about spyware? Obviously there is too much guilt being thrown on poor Ms. Amero… I can only imagine that it was intentional for some underlying reason.

  4. JesseR

    Maybe the prosecutor would favor draping curtains over all of the school’s computers, something probably recommended by the John Ashcroft Institute of Technology.

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