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Porn Email Scandal Sinks Pennsylvania Lawmakers

2 gubernatorial administration employees step down
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2014 7:39 AM CDT
Porn Email Scandal Grips Pennsylvania Capitol
Republican Gov. Tom Corbett speaks during a gubernatorial debate with Democrat Tom Wolf on Sept. 22, 2014, in Hershey, Pa.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Newser) – Unwise work move: sending emails with subject lines like "Bikini Wax Job." Or so a group of current and former employees of Pennsylvania's attorney general's office have learned. The porn email scandal broke last week, when current Attorney General Kathleen Kane revealed that during a review of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse prosecution, it was discovered that at least eight state officials sent or received hundreds of pornographic pictures or videos. All eight worked under current Gov. Tom Corbett, who was attorney general at the time the emails were exchanged. Yesterday, two top officials who had moved on to work in Corbett's gubernatorial administration—Environmental Protection Secretary Christopher Abruzzo and Glenn Parno, a top lawyer in the Department of Environmental Protection—resigned, the AP reports.

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In Abruzzo's resignation letter, he wrote he has "no recollection of the specific accounts described by the media" but does not want to be a "distraction" as Corbett seeks re-election; no reason was given for Parno's resignation. Also implicated in the scandal is state police Commissioner Frank Noonan, who has yet to comment on the case. Corbett says records indicate Noonan "did not participate in opening, originating, forwarding, or replying to any message," though the AG's office claims Noonan received more than 300 of the emails, including one with the aforementioned subject line. Pennsylvania's state Supreme Court chief justice is demanding to know whether any judges were included in the email exchanges. The Allentown Morning Call reported this week that Justice Seamus McCaffery allegedly forwarded at least eight of the emails (with subject lines including "tan lines XXX" and "centerfold") to an AG's office employee, who then distributed them further. (Read more Pennsylvania stories.)

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