BRIDGET’S IDGETS: Lindsay Library – Librarian Fired after Reporting Patron Viewing Child Porn

Posted on March 24, 2008. Filed under: Bridget's Idgets, Culture, Liberal Idiots |

Unbelievable! Report a child-porn viewer and you get fired????

Librarian fired after reporting patron viewing child porn
Allie Martin – OneNewsNow

One California county may be facing a lawsuit by former librarian Brenda Biesterfeld, who says she was fired after alerting authorities that a patron was viewing child pornography on library computers.

A librarian assistant at the Lindsay Library, Biesterfeld was on the job late last month when she noticed 39-year-old Donny Chrisler downloading child porn on library computers. Biesterfeld told her supervisor Judi Hill, who instructed her to issue Chrisler a warning. Instead, Biesterfeld called police the next day. A few days later, Chrisler returned and Biesterfeld noticed he was once again viewing child porn. She notified police, who came and arrested Chrisler on the spot.

According to a press release, the police also confiscated the library’s computer that had used by Chrisler. Supervisor Hill confronted police, accusing them of interfering where they did not belong and assuring them that county librarians were handling the matter internally. After police explained that, since federal law had been violated, it was now a legal matter in their hands, Hill demanded to know who reported the incident. The police protected Biesterfeld’s identity. However, she was fired two days later.

“Everyone says I should be a hero; instead I get fired,” Biesterfeld laments.
Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, says Biesterfeld should not be punished for doing the right thing. He believes there is only one response when someone is caught viewing child porn, which he describes as “despicable crime against children” in a recent press release.

“You simply don’t ignore child pornography when it’s being viewed on the Internet. It’s illegal both on the state and federal level[s] …. You don’t allow taxpayer dollars to fund that kind of illegal criminal activity,” Staver contends.

Biesterfeld contacted Liberty Counsel, which has sent a letter to county officials demanding that she get her job back, and also asking officials to review and change their policies.

“We are asking for this library to retract its position, to rehire Mrs. Biesterfeld, to give a written apology for this situation, and to pass a policy that is very clear that the library staff have a duty to report this kind of activity when they view it in the library system,” Staver notes.

A search warrant turned up thousands of images of child pornography on Chrisler’s home computer. He is currently behind bars, awaiting trial.

LINK: http://www.onenewsnow.com/Legal/Default.aspx?id=72277

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5 Responses to “BRIDGET’S IDGETS: Lindsay Library – Librarian Fired after Reporting Patron Viewing Child Porn”

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JUDY HILL NEEDS TO BE FIRED and Brenda rehired immediately. When it comes to exploitation of children (viewing child pornography) there ARE NO RIGHTS!!!! CHILD PORNOGRAPHY leads to abuse and viewing of child pornography is a felony!!! We need more individuals like Brenda. Possibly the management of the library should be re-evaluated and all replaced! Brenda, thank God for people like you. If you need a signature on a petition, let me know, I commend you and will stand behind you.

I had to do the hardest thing in January of this year. I had to turn my husband in for viewing child porn on our home computer. He wasn’t arrested. The police are investigating, and with any luck he will be arrested soon. In the meantime, I have to wait and go to for custody of my kids and to uphold the restraining order I was issued. He is just as free as a bird right now and it scares the heck out of me. I hope everyone that sick gets caught. But it takes the brave ones to take a stand and do WHAY IS RIGHT and LEGAL!!

Wow, Mary, that must have been hard. You sound like a brave woman!

I want to know where to contact the Tulare County Superintendents, the Lindsay City Council, and the Head Librarian at Lindsay. Judy Hill does not belong anywhere where she is in a position to make decisions requiring common sense – child porn is a Federal CRIME – what kind of idiot is she? Our community deserves better.

I’m with you on that Carol!!!


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