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Pennsylvania State Officials Sent Pornographic Emails At Work, Report Says

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

At least eight Pennsylvanian state officials sent sexually explicit videos and photographs from state email accounts from 2008 to 2012, according to documents from the State Attorney General’s Office.

Gov. Tom Corbett's former spokesperson Kevin Harley, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan and environmental regulator E. Christopher Abruzzoare among those implicated in the report.

Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office released the names of eight individuals and did not disclose how many emails were sent, circulated or received, WITF reported.

The emails included videos and pictures of men and woman engaged in oral, vaginal and anal sex, the New York Daily News reported.

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"The images being described are unacceptable and should not be tolerated in the workplace," said spokesman Jay Pagni on Thursday. "The news accounts raise questions, and naming of individuals raise questions that need to be reviewed further."

Five other officials named in the report are Patrick Blessington, who currently works with the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office; Glen Parno, former chief of the environmental crimes section of the Attorney General's Office; Chris Carusone, Corbett’s former liaison to the legislature; Richard A. Sheetz, former executive deputy attorney general; and retired FBI agent Randy Feathers, the former regional director of the office's Bureau of Narcotics Investigations.

Noonan was reportedly the only official to receive explicit emails but not send any.

The emails were obtained during an investigation into the handling of the Jerry Sandusky prosecution. The former Penn State football coach was sentenced to 30 to 60 years for charges related to serial child sexual abuse in 2012. Kane’s office launched a probe into whether there was political interference into his prosecution.

Gov. Corbett told Radio PA last week that he would have stopped the email exchange if he knew it was happening and that he’s not entirely convinced the emails exist.

Sources: New York Daily News, WITF, Philly.com

Image credit: Flickr Creative Commons / Paco Olvera Monterd, AP / Michael J. Mullen