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Illegal Contents in PCs Lands Up Teacher in Trouble

David John Mulvey, a 51-year old teacher of secondary school from Gresford, was searched by police officers under The Protection of Children Act, on account of downloading images from Italian Child porn site. The teacher however, denied the fact that he had been using his laptop for viewing illegal content such as child porn over the Internet and that it must be through a program "Trojan Horse" that such stuff was found in his computer when searched.

According to the news published in Dailypost on 19th September 2007, Mulvey denied downloading the 243 indecent images and 8 indecent films of children found in his computer. He claimed that a "Trojan Horse" virus must have got into his computer and was responsible for the indecent contents. He was using the software to clean the files in his PC as his machine was troubling him.

According to Rhys Rowlands, the prosecuting barrister, however, though the Trojan horse was found in the computer, it was apparently harmless, isolated, and had nothing to do with the illegal contents found, reported Dailypost on 19th September 2007.

Police seized the computer with the illegal content, which was troublesome; it was working slow and closing pretty often. Also, more than 90 viruses had been found previously when it was checked by one of the colleagues at work who is an IT expert. Software used for hiding anonymity on the Web and designed to hide the work for which the computer was being used was also found in the computer.

Mr. Rowlands thus claimed that until someone intended to view the no good material, there was no use hiding the identity of the programs for which the computer was being used for.

Mulvey also denied using the word "Lolita" found on his computer saying that his laptop was used by one of his pupils for searching something over the net, which was later found to be banned on the school computers.

On being asked, he also said that he wasn't blaming anyone else in the family and also denied the blame of trying to clean the computer of the previous history of the Website and was panicking when the officers arrived.

The teacher is now facing a trial before Judge John Rogers QC.

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