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Warrant: Man was surfing porn at NCSU library

Posted August 2, 2013

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— Raleigh police searched the home of a man found looking at pornography on a computer at North Carolina State University's DH Hill Library.

Witnesses called police to the library's Unity Lab just after 11:30 a.m. Thursday and pointed out Nathan Whittle, 36. Officers asked Whittle to step away from the keyboard and found that he had windows open to several teen chat rooms, email and pornographic photos, according to the search warrant filed for Whittle's home.

Officers said they observed several photographs of girls who appeared to be between the ages of 12 and 15 in various stages of undress. A representative of the NC State IT department allowed police to take the computer, which is university property, as evidence.

Police seized floppy disks, a notebook and a smart phone from Whittle's home at Apt. 905, 4510 Mimosa Tree Lane in Raleigh.

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  • beaulahjackson4 Aug 5, 2013

    I was wondering the same about a spam/porn filter. Whether or not there has been a crime committed, and whether or not the photos of the girls are underaged girls remains to be seen. I'm thinking a University library is truly an inappropriate place for a 36 year old person to be viewing naked photos of anyone of any age.....and of course to be on-line in teen chat rooms. I kinda doubt anyone would have complained or that police would have arrested this man if he were viewing photos of his children in a bubble bath or running through the grass naked. Give me a break!

  • lisamurchinson Aug 5, 2013

    Just because he was supposedly looking at naked girls does not mean that he was committing a crime. They could have been over the age of 18. Also, just because they are naked does not mean it is a crime. Have you even seen a naked picture of a child on a beach or in a tub? Maybe he was on a naturist website which can have naked images from infants to grandparents. If the people are not in a sexually provacative pose, no matter what the age I do not thing it can be considered pornography. I am not saying it is not immoral, but I can not say it is illegal either.

  • SomeRandomGuy Aug 5, 2013

    I don't see an actual crime here. Police saw images of what "appeared" to be teenage girls? They would have to PROVE that to charge him with anything; Meaning there was NO basis for a search warrant. IF anything happens to be found on his home electroncis, any decent lawyer should get the whole case thrown out. I did notice that nowhere in this story does it say he was arrested or charged with anything!

  • zile1porkey Aug 5, 2013

    And why are the girls on the site posing nude to begin with. We have sick people in our society yes we do but until girls understand that and stop putting their nude pictures on sites sick people will continue to look. They put their picture up there thinking it is cute parents continue to enlighten your girls about this behavior and it will make law enforcement jobs easier in trying to keep them safe from men like this one.

  • antoniowillia20 Aug 5, 2013

    Some people need more than just a check-up from the neck-up.

    A little room with padded walls seems in order.

  • simser118 Aug 5, 2013

    What is wrong with people

  • Kaitlyn Aug 5, 2013

    "never ceases to amaze me how often the little brain is in charge of the big one-and in a public place-obviously the little brain doesn't have a high IQ either." - rachel

    If he was looking at pics of 12 year olds then his 'big brain' is the one with the problem.

  • bassplayer4dalord Aug 5, 2013

    Has to me more to this story, NCSU cannot still be in the dark ages when it comes to web filtering...

  • rachel Aug 5, 2013

    never ceases to amaze me how often the little brain is in charge of the big one-and in a public place-obviously the little brain doesn't have a high IQ either.

  • Tax Man Aug 2, 2013

    Why doesn't the library have spam/porn filters? You should not be able to look at this stuff on public computers. If the girls were of legal age I suppose he was not breaking any laws, but if minors he is in deep doo doo.

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