Nude photos did not belong to OH lawmaker, he says

Ohio State Representative Matthew Barrett
Ohio State Representative Matthew Barrett

NORWALK, OH (AP) -- Ohio State Representative Matthew Barrett surprised a high school class when the computer he was using projected a photo of a nude woman during a lecture on how a bill becomes a law.

State investigators have since found out  it was Barrett's child who downloaded the image.

Barrett was giving an American government lesson Tuesday at Norwalk high school when he inserted a data memory stick into the school computer and the projected image of a topless woman appeared instead of the graphics presentation he had downloaded.

Police interviewed Barrett and school officials and seized the data memory stick and the computer to determine where the image came from, a state highway patrol spokesman said.

Barrett said there were a few snickers from the approximately 20 students in the senior government class at Norwalk High School when the image appeared. He said he immediately pulled the memory stick out of the computer.

The legislator said he finished his lecture using printouts and then met with the school's principal and technology staff, who examined the stick. He said the school's technology director determined the stick had a directory of nude images in addition to Barrett's presentation on civics lessons.

"I have no idea where these came from," the Democrat said.

Barrett said the data memory stick was a gift he received about three weeks ago from a legislative liaison from the state Library of Ohio.

Posted by LS

CBS and Associated Press contributed to this report.