Laguna Beach May Change Internet Usage Rules After Police Arrest A Man For Watching Porn, Masturbating At Public Library

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There's a journalism aphorism that goes: when a dog bites a man, that is not news. But if a man bites a dog, that is news.

In following that same concept, I'd argue that the story of a scruffy-looking guy jacking off to porn in a public library is hardly new. And yet, after the recent arrest of a 46-year-old man who was watching porn and fondling himself at the Laguna Beach Public Library,the topic has garnered some hearty media coverage. An opinion piece on the Laguna Beach Patch site called it "media madness" and said the story had "aroused the loins of L.A. television and radio news orgs."

Saturday afternoon, after seeing Joseph Clarence Cormier II masturbate to porn at the library, a man went to the Laguna Beach police station to report it. The police and the reportee returned to the library.  Cormier was arrested for lewd conduct and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, according to a Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot story,

Martha Lydick
, president of Friends of the Library, tells the Coastline Pilot she thinks the issue must be addressed, because kids could be nearby and see explicit images on the screen. Lydick says she plans to contact the county librarian to suggest that adults be barred from using computers in the children's area if there's not a kid with them. 

Jenny Gassett, the library branch manager in Laguna, however, says there are various factors at play in the issue. Gassett is reported as saying: "It's a delicate issue because we do uphold people's right to free access to information. We try to balance it ... while making it a place where everyone is comfortable."

Maybe, to warm locals up to the idea of porn in a library, they could invite an ex-porn star to read during story time? I'll bet Sasha Grey is available! 

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Internet Filter
Internet Filter

At present time use of internet increase day by day and mostly kids are use internet from education purpose. Internet is full of content that is not suitable for all kids and students.......

Dee Kowalsky
Dee Kowalsky

Oh, for God sakes! Charging the Laguna Beach program with violating "Internet usage rules" is a bit too extreme to say the least, even for someone like me who fancies herself an anti-pornography advocate because it damages women more than it does men.

mitch young
mitch young

sorry everyone I just had to squeeze one off to Cowboy ass weekly

Hbgraceman
Hbgraceman

The problem is one of filtering objectionable content while allowing serious content about objectionable topics. The filtering software is still unable to distinguish between the two. The solution is placing the computers on counters requiring users to stand or sit on a high stool while using the machines. Place the screens where the staff can monitor the images. BTW sex has been known to occur everywhere, even libraries, with or without computers. Its never acceptable but it happens from time to time. Its not the fault of the computers... its the hormones.

bigriggs
bigriggs

Porn should not be available for viewing in any library.

mitch young
mitch young

" because kids could be nearby and see explicit images on the screen."

And off the screen. 

909Jeff
909Jeff

PLEASE get us a mug shot of the perv... And why dont they put a few computers in little private cubby's then the libraries can hire jiz-moppers... Two birds....One stone!

CHS
CHS

I was once barred from accessing a basketball message board at a public school computer.  Who knows, perhaps someone had mentioned Penn State or Syracuse in a post.

CJ
CJ

Bangin with books! Love that idea!

Gregory Yee
Gregory Yee

I'm posting this from a library and looking at porn right now just to spite you.

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