A group of current and former employees of Pennsylvania’s Republican attorney general’s office under now-Governor Tom Corbett traded hundreds of sexually explicit emails and videos using government email addresses on the taxpayers’ dime. The pornographic email scandal broke last week, when current Attorney General Kathleen Kane revealed that during a review of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse prosecution, officials discovered that at least eight state officials sent or received hundreds of pornographic pictures or videos.

All eight of the people implicated in the scandal worked under Republican Governor Tom Corbett, who was attorney general at the time.

Revertebrations are already being felt;  two top officials who had moved on to work in Corbett’s gubernatorial administration’s Environmental Protection department resigned; Secretary Christopher Abruzzo and Glenn Parno, a lawyer in the same department, according to the Associated Press.

It appears that the emails were remniscent of early email groups on the internet like Usenet board and Yahoo groups, with the main difference being the participants were government workers using government computers to exchange their favorite photos. Not only did they send each other these emails; they also provided critiques and commentary for their peers after viewing the material. At least 300 emails were sent in this vein over a four year span.

Descriptions were colorful and the photos were X-rated — images were sent to the group with titles such as “Bikini Wax Job” and videos had titles like “Cigar,” “Chin strap,” “Golf Ball washer,” “Nascar victory” and “Rocking Horse.” The photographs included naked women and motivational posters with slogans such as “Devotion” and “Willingness” that depicted women performing sexual acts on their male bosses, just in case you had any remaining doubt that the participants in this scandal are anything but sexist, perverted pigs.

Don’t worry, though — not all of the remarks were misogynist in nature. Aside from naked ladies, there was also some good old-fashioned racism passed around, too, says the AP:

Another message, received by some but not all of the participants, included a slur used against people of Arab descent and others who wear headdresses. Others expressed insensitive remarks about gays.

Union regulations make it so that it’s not possible for all of the perpetrators to be publicly named during an investigation, however, as the investigation continues it’s expected that more officials will be fired or asked to resign.

  • Briar

    It always baffles me when I hear of government officials doing something like this via workplace emails. I don’t care so much about the content because a lot of people send risque emails and it doesn’t necessarily mean anything, but it disturbs me that the powers-that-be haven’t learned to stop using official email addresses for anything other than above-board business purposes.

  • Ratcraft

    Well I certainly hope they find out who all these women are and prosecute them for indecent exposure and lewd acts…… The politicians should be fired and publicly shamed, but as Rick Perry found out you can’t fire them and if you defund them you wind up in court.

    • You and I agree, the politicians should be shamed. Porn is legal no matter how much you or I may dislike that fact, though, and from what I read the porn was copyrighted i.e. used without permission. So the only ones responsible are the pervy politicians lol. But if they don’t resign, who knows if they will ever be held accountable.

  • Beth

    When I lived in a gated community in Florida , I learned one thing.
    Show me a Bible thumper (REGARDLESS of Rep or Dem) and I will show you a complete and absolute hypocrite .
    By Bible thumper I do not mean someone who goes to Church, Synagogue , Mosque , etc . I mean those who preach “Family values” and want everyone to know how religious they are.
    I never met one who wasn’t not just a hypocrite and racist but border line vicious .

    • justphilip

      That you haven’t met any ‘Family Values’ preacher who wasn’t a hypocrite doesn’t necessarily mean they are all hypocrites.
      By the way, this particular case, I’m pretty sure they were just circulating among themselves stuff they thought were hilarious, and not exactly porn. That’s exactly the same kind of thing we do in closed user groups, like in WhatsApp or SnapChat. They, unfortunately, chose to do this via official mail. That’s just ignorance, which really isn’t a crime.