DEP secretary resigns over porn emails

Attorney General Kathleen Kane dropped the bombshell last week in Harrisburg that numerous staffers, while working for then-AG Tom Corbett, had received or sent pornographic emails on state computers.

Thursday, the shrapnel from the bombshell claimed its first casualty.

Chris Abruzzo, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary, resigned after Kane said he had received 46 X-rated emails and sent eight over a four-year period.

In his resignation letter, shared by Corbett’s office, Abruzzo lamented, “I have not been afforded any opportunity by the attorney general to review any files supporting the public assertions made against me.”

But with his boss, Corbett, in the thick of a gubernatorial race, Abruzzo admits he’s become a distraction.

As for those emails, Abruzzo wrote: “While I have no recollections of the specific accounts described by the media, I accept full responsibility for any lack of judgement I may have exhibited in 2009. I do not condone that behavior and it is not a reflection of the person or professional that I am.”

At the Capitol, anxiety is bubbling over. Kane is sitting on dozens of additional names of people who received or sent pornographic emails. They were uncovered during the internal investigation into the Jerry Sandusky case.

The scandal has now spilled into the judicial branch. Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffrey, according to a newspaper report, is said to have sent porn from his personal computer to the state email accounts of AG staffers.

State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan, according to Kane, received more than 300 pornographic emails but sent none. Can an employee be held responsible for items that pop up in their inboxes? Did Noonan open them?

The naked truth in this case is we still don’t know the context of the emails or exactly how many people are ensnared.

Unlike the emails themselves, many facts still haven’t been laid bare.

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