Julie Amero, accused of letting students see pornographic pictures on a classroom computer, has plead guilty to a misdemeanor and surrendered her teaching credential; she’ll also pay a $100 fine. In exchange, felony charges will not be refiled. But a soon-to-be-released report suggests she’s innocent, reports Wired.
Amero, a substitute teacher in Norwich, Connecticut, was arrested after students in her class reported that they’d seen pornographic images on her computer screen on Oct. 19, 2004. Amero said the computer wouldn’t stop sending pop-ups and that she didn’t know what to do with the computer.
In January 2007, she was convicted of four felony pornography charges and faced up to 40 years in prison.
Computer security experts persuaded the judge to set aside the conviction. The new report confirms that the school computer was unprotected against malware and was infected. Several witnesses gave inaccurate testimony in Amero’s first trial.