Court Clerk Watches Porn During Rape Trial
He said he was 'bored'
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2012 12:11 AM CST
Guilty!   (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

(Newser) – A "bored" London court clerk was busted after looking at hardcore bondage pornography in the middle of a British rape trial. The judge spotted the photos on the clerk's computer as he peered over his bench while the victim described her horrific attack. When the judge "noticed what was taking place, he initially hoped that he had been mistaken or the behavior would desist," according to court records. It didn't. Police found several similar images and kiddie porn on the clerk's work and home computer, reports the Daily Mail. He told the court he "only looked at porn if the case was boring."

He's been bounced from his job and will be sentenced later this month on charges of public misconduct and possession of pornography. "His conduct constituted a wholesale abuse of his position," said the prosecutor.

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HMunster
Feb 8, 2012 5:51 AM CST
"Court Clerk Watches Porn During Rape Trial" George Costanza: [pause] Was that wrong? Should I not have done that? I tell you, I gotta plead ignorence on this thing, because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing is frowned upon... you know, cause I've worked in a lot of offices, and I tell you, people do that all the time...