Rhode Island lawmaker apologizes for handouts that included tab screenshot of teen porn site
A Rhode Island state representative has apologized for handing out documents to fellow lawmakers that included screenshots from a computer with open tabs leading to porn websites.
According to the Providence Journal, State Rep. Ramon Perez (D-District 13) brought printouts to a House Finance Committee to provide back-up for a automobile crash protection bill he is sponsoring. While the handouts showed a Wikipedia article he was referencing, the screenshot also showed open tabs to porn sites — including one labeled “teen,” and time-stamped for 2:07 a.m.
On Friday Perez apologized on Facebook, saying he was given the image by another person — whom he declined to identify — which was included with his documents.
“It was a mistake, and I recognize that,” he said. “My fault.”
According to House spokesperson Larry Berman, Perez gave the document to the clerk of the Finance Committee who made copies and the distributed them to committee members. Once the images of the tabs were viewed, the page was quickly collected and a new document with only the Wikipedia page on it was redistributed.