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Library patron allegedly watching porn held on lewd conduct count

November 30, 2011 |  7:08 am

Laguna Beach library supporters want to regulate the use of computers by adults after a 46-year-old man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly masturbating and watching pornography on a library computer.

Joseph Clarence Cormier II of Laguna Beach was arrested on suspicion of lewd conduct and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana after a man reported that Cormier was touching himself and watching porn, according to Lt. Jason Kravetz of the Laguna Beach Police Department.

When officers arrived at the library, they found Cormier at the computer and he was identified by the reporting citizen.

Friends of the Library President Martha Lydick told the Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot that she wants something to be done in regard to adult use of computers in an area where children could be nearby.

"I will be sending a letter to county librarian Helen Fried recommending that no adults be allowed to use a computer in the children's area unless accompanied by a child," she told the Coastline Pilot.

Kravetz said the area Cormier was found in was separate from the children's area.

Jenny Gassett, branch manager of the library, said the library cannot legally monitor what information people access on its computers.

"It's a delicate issue because we do uphold people's right to free access to information," she said. "We try to balance it … while making it a place where everyone is comfortable."

Gassett said that while they can't regulate what people view, they can respond to inappropriate behavior.

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