Wrongful Arrest Payout for Librarian in Email Scam

There are all kinds of weird people out there, including some who would like a spanking with a copy of Finnegan’s Wake. Check out this story from the New York Daily News:

“The city has agreed to a $25,000 payout for an ex-librarian at the Riverdale Country School in the Bronx who was busted last year for sending bizarre e-mails to his boss. The city agreed to settle Billy Hallowell’s wrongful arrest lawsuit rather than go to trial. Hallowell was detained for 30 hours in April last year after cops were told Hallowell had sent a lewd e-mail to his former boss.

“We could do it in the library,” the e-mail said. “I could spank you with a vintage copy of Finigan’s (sic) wake.”

But Hallowell never sent the e-mail. The mixup occurred when librarian Robin Berson responded to an e-mail from Hallowell, who informed her he was quitting, asking him to return a library key. Berson sent the reply to an e-mail address that was nearly identical to Hallowell’s. The person who inadvertently received the e-mail sent it back with the bizarre note.

Harassment charges were dropped by the Bronx district attorney.
Hallowell, a freelance journalist, hopes the mixup will spur the NYPD to train their officers in the basics of e-mail and the Internet. “I’m happy that they took responsibility and admitted their mistakes,” Hallowell said.

I guess that naughty rep is destined to follow librarians to the grave.