And what about Judi Hill? What has she said publicly? How about aquaintences of hers, or family members and friends?
And do some research on Falwell and Liberty University. Do you want a lawyer who believes Adam and Eve rode around on the backs of dinosaurs representing you?
This is from the Visalia and Tulare newspaper!
On March 6 — just about a week before her six-month probationary period was to end — she got a letter notifying her she was being fired.
Biesterfeld, however, said she has no doubt that losing her job stems from her decision to call police about a man she saw viewing images of naked boys on one of the library's public computers Feb. 28. The boys appeared to be about 9 to 13 years old, she said.
The man was identified by Lindsay police as Donny Lynn Chrisler, 39. Biesterfeld said she stood behind him for 10 to 20 seconds and clearly saw thumbnail photos of blonde boys in various poses.
Lewis said all librarians are trained on what to do if they encounter people viewing pornography on public computers. Biesterfeld, however, said she was told only to keep an eye on a man who had been caught in the past viewing adult pornography on a library computer.
"That was it," she said. "But this is child pornography, and I felt as soon as a child was involved, he broke the law."
So she called her supervisor, Judi Hill, the library services specialist, whose office is in Visalia.
"I told her I was shocked because I have boys that age, and he might as well have had my youngest one up on that screen," Biesterfeld said. "I told her I was sick to my stomach and angry."
She said Hill told her to hand the man a note telling him to stop immediately and that he would be banned from the library if he did it again. The man was deaf, Biesterfeld said.
Biesterfeld said she also was directed to note the matter on the man's library record.
"And after I do that, Judi, then I need to contact the police, right?" Biesterfeld said she asked.
The answer was no. Biesterfeld said she asked again to make sure she had heard correctly. Again she was told no.
"Believe it or not," Biesterfeld quoted Hill as saying, "this is more common than you think."
Contacted Thursday, Hill said she could not discuss what happened because it was a personnel matter.
Biesterfeld said she did as she was told. But after going home and talking to her family and Richey, she decided to report the matter to police.
When she did, Lindsay police asked Biesterfeld to contact them the next time Chrisler came to the library. He did so on March 4.
So look at the dates. She first saw him on Feb. 28. He returned to the library on March 4 when she called the police. She was fired on March 6. Her probationary period was up on or about March 13.
Police served a search warrant Tuesday at the home of Donny Lynn Chrisler, 39, in the 600 block of West Hermosa Street. Chrisler, detained earlier by police at the library, was arrested after police found "numerous items of child pornography" inside the home, said Lindsay Police Capt. Rich Wilkinson.
The investigation began when police received an anonymous report that a man at the library was viewing child porn on a public computer there. Firewalls in the library's computer system normally block users from viewing Web sites with pornography, Wilkinson said, but in this case Chrisler was using a private e-mail account and transferring images to a computer disc.
Chrisler has a computer in his home but did not have access to the Internet, Wilkinson said. Chrisler's statements and computer use records led police to believe that the man had viewed child pornography at the library before, Wilkinson said.
The sexually-explicit images police said he viewed on the library computer — as well as those police say they found in his home, mostly on his computer — appeared to have been taken from Web sites. Most were of boys who appeared to be 18 or younger, they said.
There were no indications that Chrisler committed any illicit acts with children, Wilkinson said. Chrisler has no criminal record that police are aware of.
Besides being arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography, Chrisler was arrested on suspicion of participating in the production or presentation of obscene matter in public places. Viewing such images in a library or any other public place is a crime, Wilkinson said.
You make some great points - thank you for doing that. This woman may well have deserved to have been fired for performance issues and the porn thing was terrible timing.
My biggest "concern" remains - why the hell can you access porn at a public library? I often agree with some of the ACLU's controversial stances and I am a free speech nazi, but this doesn't seem about that at all.
I'm usually able to look at issues from many different sides, but I can't find one good argument (and that's exceedingly rare for me) to make that porn should be accessible from libraries. Just scratching my head over the whole thing.
But my points are mostly regarding Brenda's supervisor. Again, Pepper references an article with quotes from Brenda regarding Ms. Hill. Hearsay. Where are actual quotes and interviews with Judi Hill? Just don't be so quick to judge the supervisor. She's been a librarian there or other places nearby for over 30 years, according to a newsletter I saw on their web site.
The undisputed facts are as follows:
1. Brenda observed man viewing pictures of naked boys aged 9-13 on library computer.
2. Brenda reported the incident to her supervisor Judi Hill, who told her to give the man a warning.
3. Brenda was specifically told by her supervisor Judi Hill NOT to report it to law enforcement.
4. Brenda decided to report to police anyway, going against her supervisor's wishes.
5. Police told Brenda that she had a civic obligation to report a felony, and what she observed, and what the police observed when the man was arrested was a felony. And that not reporting a felony could be construed as "aiding and abetting."
6. Two days after the police arrested the man at the library in the act and confiscated the library computer for evidence, Brenda was fired.
Believe me, I'm not trying to pick a fight here with you, Pepper. I just think this story should be looked at from all angles. And I wasn't trying to imply before that Brenda had quirky religious beliefs. I don't think she personally contacted Liberty lawyers. I think it was the other way around. I think the Crusaders saw a plum opportunity to get some publicity and advance their Holier-Than-Thou agenda. They're using her.
I'm all for looking at both sides, but I don't think "child porn" is a "holier than thou" issue. It's wrong, plain and simple.
I did not say I thought that's what might have happened in this case because I don't. Though frankly, how does a librarian know she is looking at 9-12 year old naked boys? My son looked 9 when he was 6. Again - librarians shouldn't have to figure this out because porn shouldn't download onto computers in public libraries.