Felony Spyware/Porn Charges Against Teacher Dropped
A substitute teacher in Connecticut who faced 40 years in prison for allegedly surfing porn Web sites in the presence of seventh graders has been cleared of the charges after state prosecutors dropped the case.
The remarkable story of Julie Amero touched a nerve with our readers the last time I wrote about it. Prosecutors had charged Amero with four felony counts of endangering a child, but security experts rose up to her defense. They argued that spyware and adware, which had infected her PC, was responsible for serving the porn sites on her machine.
According to a story Friday in the Hartford Courant, Amero agreed to plead guilty to a single charge of disorderly conduct, which is considered a misdemeanor and came with a $100 fine.
"Amero, who has been hospitalized and suffers from declining health, also surrendered her teaching license," the Courant's Rick Green writes.
Alex Eckelberry, president of Clearwater, Fla., based Sunbelt Software, lead a team of forensics investigators who examined the hard drive in Amero's computer, an analysis that was later used to help overturn her original conviction.
"While I wish Julie would have been fully exonerated, this at least brings the subject to a close," Eckelberry wrote in a post on the company's blog Friday. "The reality is, her health has been in a precipitous decline. I really don't think she was prepared mentally and physically for the pain of another trial."
November 24, 2008; 10:11 AM ET
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