Rhode Island lawmaker apologizes for open porn tabs in screenshot

By Ben Hooper  |  June 12, 2017 at 1:30 PM
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June 12 (UPI) -- A Rhode Island state lawmaker is apologizing after handouts he distributed included a screenshot of a web browser with pornographic sites open in other tabs.

State Rep. Ramon Perez, D-Providence, distributed handouts to members of the House Finance Committee while testifying Wednesday in support of a bill that would create a fund to pay drivers who are involved in collisions with unlicensed drivers.

The handouts included screenshots of a Wikipedia page for a similar law in Puerto Rico, but committee members soon noticed the browser in the screenshot included multiple other open tabs, some of which featured titles indicating pornographic content.

House spokesman Larry Berman said the clerk quickly collected the offending handouts and replacements were made available the following day.

Perez said in a since-deleted Facebook post that the screenshot had been given to him by another person to help support his bill. He apologized for the "mistake."

Perez told WPRI-TV he was "extremely" embarrassed by the incident.

"Now I think everyone is looking at me differently," he said. "I have never dealt with a situation like this before."

"I didn't notice it," Perez told WJAR-TV. "I was searching for information for the committee. Someone gave me that information. I'm not going to name them. Some people were trying to help me. If somebody is to blame, it's me. It's my fault. I'm very sorry."

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