Anonymous Patron sent over This One From the Wednesday, June 30, 2004 Palm Beach Post on a sexual predator being held without bond on one charge of disorderly conduct and one charge of violating parole, after a patron called the police.
Kathy Boyes, community relations manager for the Palm Beach County Library System, said the librarians handled the incident properly. "They did not observe anything to lead them to believe there was improper behavior," Boyes said.
As for observing Carroll's computer use from a distance, Boyes said, "It is absolutely an issue of privacy. Our librarians do not observe what patrons are doing."
Libraries have long dealt with such problems. "There have always been dirty books," said the spokeswoman. In the past, though, there was a simpler solution: "We didn't buy the books," she said.
Update: 07/01 06:52 EST by B:Fixed URL, thanks bentley