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Library Is Sued Over Boy's Access to Pornography

Library Is Sued Over Boy's Access to Pornography Internet: Mother says lack of blocking software violated 12-year-old's right to a safe place. Livermore officials fear being forced to act as censors. By JOHN M. GLIONNA, Times Staff Writer

Ten times last summer, a 12-year-old boy visited the Livermore Public Library, floppy disk in hand, and took his place at the public computer ports. There he downloaded dozens of sexually explicit images from the Internet, which he later printed on a relative's computer and showed to friends around school. When the boy's mother learned about the photographs, her wrath was swift: She sued the library and the city for allowing her son access to the obscene materials.