California Librarian Fired for Reporting Man Viewing Child Porn

A library worker in the town of Lindsay, California, reported to police last week that a man was looking at child pornography on one of the library computers, and because of that tip, police arrested that man. But she also lost her job over the incident.

Brenda Biesterfeld says by calling the police, she disobeyed the direction of a supervisor. The supervisor told her to make a note on the man’s library account and tell him to stop looking at the pictures. Biesterfeld felt that the authorities needed to be alerted, so she called the police anyway. When police did get involved, they found thousands of images of child pornography. The man was arrested, and a day and a half later; Biesterfeld was out of a job.