Whoops: Lawmaker's Handout Reveals Porn Browsing
Rhode Island's Ramon Perez says a friend gave him the image, and he didn't notice
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 11, 2017 2:00 PM CDT
RI Representative Ramon Perez at House Freshman Orientation.   (Ramon Perez)

(Newser) – A Rhode Island lawmaker is acknowledging he mistakenly gave his colleagues a handout that showed open web browser tabs referencing pornographic content, per the AP. State Democratic Rep. Ramon Perez brought printouts of a Wikipedia article Wednesday to give to House Finance Committee members as part of his testimony in favor of a bill. The screenshot reportedly showed multiple open browser tabs with titles referencing pornographic material. No images could be seen, but, according to the Providence Journal, one tab contained the word "teen" and the image was time stamped at 2:07am.

A House spokesman confirmed Perez gave the document to the clerk, who made copies and distributed them. The clerk collected the handouts from members when the tabs were discovered. Perez submitted a new handout the next day. Perez says the incident was "a mistake." He says the image was provided to him by a friend whom he'd asked to research the information, but Perez says he won't name the person. "I won’t mention anything, because it’s my fault."

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