A child of State Rep. Matt Barrett, D-Amherst, was responsible for downloading a topless image that was briefly shown to Norwalk High School seniors in government class, a spokesperson for Barrett said Wednesday night.
Phil Saken, communication director for the Ohio House Democratic Caucus, relayed a statement issued by Barrett:
"We want to put this behind us. From what we have learned thus far, this is an internal family matter. We would appreciate respect for our privacy as we deal with this situation," he said.
The incident occurred Tuesday when Barrett was giving a presentation on the legislative process to senior government students at Norwalk High School. When he plugged in the flash drive containing his PowerPoint presentation, a topless photo popped up before he quickly closed the computer, Barrett said.
He said he didn't know how the image got on his flash drive, and he had never downloaded pictures to it. The district's technology director found an entire directory of inappropriate photos on the flash drive.
Norwalk police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol were contacted, and the highway patrol is handling the investigation. Norwalk police did not have any new information on the investigation, and a spokesman for the highway patrol was not available Wednesday night.