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    A who done it exercise..... vote early, vote often!

    Laptop porn investigation

    September 14, 2006

    An investigation found 1,632 pornographic acts, 508 pornographic images and 44 pornographic videos had been accessed on Henrico County School Board member Jim Fiorelli's school system-issued laptop computer over six months.

    The question remains: Who did it?

    "I have no way of knowing who accessed any of these sites," concluded attorney D. Patrick Lacy, hired by the School Board to investigate the scope of inappropriate material found on Fiorelli's laptop last month .

    Lacy said he had no indication that a student was involved, as Fiorelli and his supporters maintained during and after a brief but tense meeting yesterday. They argued that the meeting should have been closed to the public because of student confidentiality.

    Fiorelli says one of his teenage sons accessed the inappropriate sites after learning the computer password by looking over his shoulder. Lacy pointed out that the password appears as black dots.

    "We've heard nothing here that is different than what was expected," said William H. Hurd, the lawyer representing Fiorelli. "It was a fair amount of inappropriate use of the computer. It's unfortunate that some of these details of this use have been publicized because this student, like every student, and this family, like every family, is entitled to a measure of privacy."

    For example, on one day in December 2005, the laptop accessed a Virginia state e-mail site, then three minutes later accessed pornographic sites for about 19 minutes, then two minutes later retrieved e-mail from a Yahoo account, according to Lacy's report. At the meeting yesterday, Fiorelli said the Yahoo account is his.

    Fiorelli works as a lawyer in the state attorney general's office.


    Hurd explained the activity from that December day, when Fiorelli was staying in a hotel room with his sons on a ski vacation in Colorado. Hurd said Fiorelli used the computer, stepped away from the computer for a few minutes to take a shower, then returned and used the computer.

    "In between is when the computer was used inappropriately," he said.

    Another day in December, the laptop performed a Google search on "translate English to Spanish," then accessed animated porn sites for about 15 minutes and, less than 2 minutes later, accessed AOL Instant Messenger.

    On Jan. 3, the laptop visited pornographic sites for almost two hours, then sound-effects sites for about an hour and a half, then performed a Google search for "reading comprehension tests," then visited state Standards of Learning test sites for almost a half hour.

    Fiorelli's supporters accused the board of playing politics. Fiorelli has clashed with board members in the past over various school-related issues as well as allegations that he made teachers at his son's middle school feel intimidated because he is a board member.

    "It's no secret that Jim Fiorelli has disagreed with the leadership of the School Board on a number of important issues," said Hurd, who was a high-ranking lawyer in the attorney general's office in three Republican administrations.

    Several of the 15 or so Fiorelli supporters in attendance sported blue and white campaign stickers. They argued with board Chairman Stuart Myers that he should have closed the meeting because he knew a student may have been involved.

    Del. John S. Reid, R-Henrico, a former Henrico school official, attended the meeting yesterday. He said he came because of his role on the House Education Committee and his interest in issues of student confidentiality.

    Myers said he had not been told about possible student involvement until he read a Times-Dispatch story that first reported the investigation.

    "This is not a student discipline issue," he told Fiorelli's supporters. "It is a School Board issue."

    Myers said the members sought outside counsel rather than the School Board's attorney -- to look into the scope of the misuse because the computer belongs to a board member. He said members are not speculating on who is responsible for the material, but he told reporters the board may want to hold Fiorelli accountable for what was found on his computer.

    Few board members were willing to comment after yesterday's meeting, which lasted less than 20 minutes. They said they wanted to read the report. Myers said he would schedule a meeting to discuss the findings if a majority of the board requested one.

    Vice Chairman Linda McBride said yesterday that Myers has always acted on behalf of the board.

    "The sheer volume of inappropriate material contained on Mr. Fiorelli's computer is just repugnant," she said. "And I resent the time and attention he has demanded in his continuing string of controversies. I'm beginning to think we would be better off with a vacancy in his position."

    The inappropriate materials were discovered in early August, when Fiorelli brought his laptop in for repair for the fourth or fifth time. Fiorelli said one of his teenage sons -- he has two in high school and one in elementary school -- was responsible for the misuse and that the teen reported the activity to his principal after the images were found.

    As to whether Fiorelli will get his laptop back, he said he doesn't want it.

    "I think it's not worth it."
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    the Henrico County School Board member?
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    His children?
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    A third unknown party or parties?
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  • #2
    I think the real question with this article is who cares... its not kiddie porn, so I dont give a crap... but thats just me... and how do they know evey click he does? IF they have been watching the computer, why did it go on for so long?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by BikeCop501
      I think the real question with this article is who cares...
      I do. State employees sitting around on the taxpayer's nickle viewing porn?

      The least they could do is get a job in the public sector.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by SHERIFF
        I do. State employees sitting around on the taxpayer's nickle viewing porn?

        The least they could do is get a job in the public sector.
        So you think it was the school board member?
        Retired 02/01/13

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        • #5
          Originally posted by bigcop97
          So you think it was the school board member?
          I haven't voted yet.

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          • #6
            I guess I assumed from the tone of this post


            "I do. State employees sitting around on the taxpayer's nickle viewing porn? The least they could do is get a job in the public sector."

            that you did think it was the school board member...
            Retired 02/01/13

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            • #7
              1,632 pornographic acts, 508 pornographic images and 44 pornographic videos
              All in a days work

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              • #8
                Originally posted by bigcop97
                I guess I assumed from the tone of this post


                "I do. State employees sitting around on the taxpayer's nickle viewing porn? The least they could do is get a job in the public sector."

                that you did think it was the school board member...

                Watch as he refuses to respond or changes the subject. Classic Sheriff.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ckinsd
                  Watch as he refuses to respond or changes the subject. Classic Sheriff.
                  The subject doesn't need to be changed.

                  What I think at the present time, and what I might eventually vote, could very well be two different opinions. I need time to think about this one.

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                  • #10
                    Nothing that I saw in that article suggested he used the laptop to access porn sites during work hours and as has been stated, it wasn't kiddie porn, he wasn't doing anything illegal, so why the fuss?
                    Mankind shall not be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.

                    Dithyrambe Sur La Fête Des Rois -- Denis Diderot (1713 - 1784)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SHERIFF
                      I do. State employees sitting around on the taxpayer's nickle viewing porn?
                      How do you know it was on the taxpayer's nickle? Laptops are portable, you know. They can be taken home and used when one is off the clock.
                      You have no right to not be offended.-Neal Boortz

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Centurion44
                        How do you know it was on the taxpayer's nickle? Laptops are portable, you know. They can be taken home and used when one is off the clock.
                        My crystal ball.

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                        • #13
                          I don't know who did it, but it's entirely possible that his kid DID get the password from standing over his shoulder.

                          The idiot in the story who responded to that said that passwords show on screen as black dots - but what if the kid was looking at the keyboard? It is also fairly common that some people use the same password for all their password-protected programs/email, as opposed to a different password for each. Some people are so obtuse.

                          I will say that accessing inappropriate material using employer-supplied resources is a pretty dumb mistake- but whether or not it was the school board official, it's really difficult to say.

                          I would certainly never have that problem. My computer is protected by biometric access (thumbprint)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Soon2Be
                            The idiot in the story who responded to that said that passwords show on screen as black dots - but what if the kid was looking at the keyboard?
                            I was thinking the same thing. The idiot spoke out before he engaged his brain.

                            Originally posted by Soon2Be
                            I would certainly never have that problem. My computer is protected by biometric access (thumbprint)
                            Give me your computer and a printer for 10 minutes.

                            The thumbprint is like a lock on a front door. It only keeps out honest people.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by SHERIFF
                              I was thinking the same thing. The idiot spoke out before he engaged his brain.



                              Give me your computer and a printer for 10 minutes.

                              The thumbprint is like a lock on a front door. It only keeps out honest people.
                              I seriously doubt you could break into my computer. Save your computer security lectures for people that aren't educated. I have a 3yr computer programmer/analyst diploma, and am finishing my BSc Hons degree in Computer Science.

                              FYI The thumbprint is the OS lockout. It's a SECONDARY security method.

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