Story from the Norwich Bulletin. The nub:
NORWICH — State Prosecutor David Smith said he wondered why Julie Amero didn’t just pull the plug on her classroom computer.The six-person jury Friday may have been wondering the same thing when they convicted Amero, 40, of Windham of four counts of risk of injury to a minor, or impairing the morals of a child. It took them less than two hours to decide the verdict. She faces a sentence of up to 40 years in prison.
Oct. 19, 2004, while substituting for a seventh-grade language class at Kelly Middle School, Amero claimed she could not control the graphic images appearing in an endless cycle on her computer.
“The pop-ups never went away,” Amero testified. “They were continuous.”
This all sounds somewhat incredible to me, to be honest. Not just the fact that she was convicted, and convicted so quickly, but also the maximum punishment of 40 years. Seems a bit high when one hears of killers being convicted of manslaughter and getting maybe 2-3 years.