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08/15/2007 12:51 AM ID: 64267 Permalink   

Best Buy Finds Child Porn on "Law and Order" Actor's Laptop


57-year-old Albert Insinnia, who used to play a role on "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" is being hit with child pornography possession charges after a Best Buy store asked to fix his laptop found 180 illegal images on the hard drive.

Insinnia's lawyer Joseph Portelli says that multiple people have had access to the system in the past few years, and the data on the drive has been transferred a number of times. "Any images that may have been on that computer are not his," he said.

Sheriff's spokesman Bill Maer said more charges may be forthcoming, and that the investigation continues. Insinnia, an actor for over 30 years, has also worked on Broadway.

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  should be...  
.. easy enough to either confirm or totally rip apart his alibi. Little file tags called "date created" "date last accessed" and the like.

You have to know what you are doin gto modify those tags, and if you knew what you were doing you wouldn't be taking your laptop to Best Buy for repair =P
  by: Dedolito     08/15/2007 01:10 AM     
  Actually Calling this guy  
A Law an Order Actor for only two (Semi-Bio Is like calling McDonalds a fancy place to eat.
  by: CaveHermit   08/15/2007 01:36 AM     
  You got to wonder  
I wonder if he will get away with it, really sounds like a slippery thing, he turns his laptop in for service but does that legally give beast buy the authority to wander around all of his software or should they be restricted to software associated with the updates?

Wow, kiddy porn people should be killed but also its scary if they find that any repairman can violate the customers privacy by wandering around in areas that have nothing to do with the requested repairs.

When I service a customers puter I NEVER wander where I am not servicing, it just aint right!
  by: FTFFTW   08/15/2007 03:37 AM     
  @ FTFFTW  
Many PC owners don't realize how many files float thru the temp folders (including recycle), along with that the owner may have his PC set to view thumbnails within the folders. Temp folder is a very typically accessed folder in repair. That's just one scenario.

Anothe could be that it was a file recovery repair, in which thousands of files can/will be displayed while looking for a few.

It may well be that the tech was doing exactly as his protocol requires.

Don't be so quik to jump the repair shop for intrusiveness. Not saying it isn't so, but it is only one scenario of many.

  by: Discarded Vet   08/15/2007 04:13 AM     
  @ FTFFTW  
I agree with the sticking to what is being asked to be repaired part. I mean, if you hire a contractor to re-do your kitchen, does that give him the right to snoop through your medicine cabinet in your bathroom to see who the prescription drugs are issued to? There's a real morality issue there I think.
  by: ludwitr   08/15/2007 04:45 AM     
  "Peek Squad"  
That's why Best Buy's Geek Squad has been dubbed the "Peek Squad". Personally, I don't think they have any right to "peek" around his hard drive looking at stuff. Looking at a JPG file has nothing to do with fixing a computer. Furthermore, there's no proof that he downloaded the pictures. Perhaps the reason he brought it in is because someone else was using it to store files or as his lawyer said, other people had access to the computer. Would your employer be at fault if an employee using a company laptop downloaded child porn? Albiet, it doesn't make him look good.
  by: elderban99     08/15/2007 05:13 AM     
  A Very Incitable Post  
Some sure are quick to defend Joe Blow's right to child porn.

Of "who's fault is it" : if the PC was not stolen from him, it's HIS responsiblity as to what is on it.
  by: Discarded Vet   08/15/2007 07:50 AM     
  I work for a.........  
telco parts company.
We recently had some faulty returns of sdram cards.I took home some of the faulty ones for testing on my computer.
Some of them had the customers photos
on them and others had the customers homemade porno movies on them.
I was totally shocked!(how did that girl do that with a vibrator?)
  by: cavador   08/15/2007 10:13 AM     
  @Discarded Vet  
I don't think anyone is defending this man's right to own child pornography, but more questioning the professionalism of computer repair people who seem to find these things whilst doing a simple Spyware removal or Windows update. I mean, if you hired a plumber to come and fix a leak, and he thought there was a chance you had child porn in your house, would it be ok for him to search through all your photo albums? I don't have any child porn on my computer, but I still don't want a guy I ask to repair my DC pin on my laptop snooping through my files. If these guys can find (presumably at least decently hidden) child porn on your computer, then what stops them from finding bank details and site passwords on their travels?
  by: barryriley   08/15/2007 01:22 PM     
Decently hidden is a big assumption.

I get the impression these files werent split and encrypted over 4 drives

They were probably sat in my documents and recently viewed documents
  by: Gogevandire   08/15/2007 01:34 PM     
  sounds fishy to me  
Lets suppose he did have illegal pic's on the computer, and they where his.

Why would he then hand over the machine to anyone else under any circumstances? Wouldn't he be more likely to just write it off and bin it?

  by: sparky_fox   08/15/2007 05:01 PM     
Because then he'd lose his pictures/videos.

I think it was Gary Glitter who took his PC in and told the staff not to look in his files, loads of child porn.

People are stupid
  by: Gogevandire   08/15/2007 05:14 PM     
  computer repair guys  
I'm gonna jump on the side that says to be so quick to question the professionalism or morality of the computer repair guys. It all really does depend on what this guy had them fixing...and where his files were stored. I know this first hand since my job requires me to mess with people's computers in many differnt capacities...some times what I'm doing only requires me to go into system files, folders, etc and I never see what they have personally stored on the computer...other times, it's a completely different story.
  by: ukitty24   08/15/2007 05:42 PM     
*not to be so quick to question the professionalism
  by: ukitty24   08/15/2007 05:44 PM     
180 illegal pictures sure doesn't seem a lot nowadays. With the way the internet is ran nowadays, I wouldn't be surprised he was using a search engine and it cached some extra pictures while searching for keywords like 'teen' and 'porn'
  by: s0n0fagun   08/15/2007 06:34 PM     
actually the tech might have stumbled across that on accident and i know in some states if you find something like that on a customers comp you have to report it by law (only know because my husband owns a computer company)
  by: Morigana   08/15/2007 08:02 PM     
  I can only speculate..  
..but it seems to me that law enforcement agencies would actually encourage servicemen with cash incentives to keep an eye out or even snoop for unlawful material. It's not entrapment and so long as the service agreement protects the company against any action against scenarios like this and the customer signs off on it, there would not be any issues.

In fact I don't think I've ever heard of any action taken against service shops when this happens.

Of course that is only my assumption with my limited knowledge on the subject.

  by: luc1ddr3am     08/15/2007 08:38 PM     
Unless they were thumbnailed all over his desktop, or being used as a wallpaper there is no reason to view them for any reason. Just like there is no reason to ever bring your PC to bestbuy for repairs. If your OS can still boot you can do what the people there are gonna do quite easily by reinstalling windows and moving files to "C:/Store Filz Here" that you wanna keep.
  by: Tetsuru Uzuki     08/15/2007 11:28 PM     
  what a Slippery Slope it is...  
Let me say by far, that I am not an advocate of child porn. I think that the people who take these pictures and/or also take advantage of underage girls should be punished accordingly.

I do think there is a big difference between doing something yourself though, and downloading pics off the internet.

I download porn all the time. From the internet, from limewire, whatever. Unfortunately for me, I have stumbled across pictures that were NOT what the descriptions said. So am I a criminal for possessing said pictures? What if I had not seen all the pictures I downloaded? Downloaded a torrent and never checked it?

Again, I'm not supporting child porn, but I support his right to privacy, I support his right to posses it.

When I was 18 I had a 17 year old girlfriend. I could legally sleep with her. But oh God, I better not take a picture.

If these are children he needs therapy, not prison and charges.

One more thing, if he supported these things being made; say by paying for them and funding the people that made them. Let's Talk. there are bigger issues here.
  by: jynxxed   08/16/2007 03:51 AM     
Two things in reply
A)you're assuming all people in this day and age are computer literate. For some people, it doesn't matter if it's working 100 %, they still can't get it to work right and need to take it for some one to look at it :)So telling them to 'reinstall' is gonna just blow their minds! Trust me, i work with people like this!!

b)In the case of my job, people are ALLOWED to do half the stuff to fix their own admin rights and for very good reason (see note A above...we let them have email access and some access to files on the network) yeah, they can boot to the OS, but they can't even change their system time, let alone ANYTHING else. So it's VERY possible that in the course of my job that I can happen across files depending on where they put them and what I'm working on...and that's not me me...I have better things to do at work than snoop thru their pics, documents, etc...I have the internet to surf! LOL :)
  by: ukitty24   08/16/2007 04:14 AM     
Actually, chances are you Are a criminal for downloading some of the porn you download. I'd bet it's not all legal, and that some of it even has a copyright. But aside from there, I know I argued the privacy point earlier, but you do have to look at the fact that he had child porn on his computer. This is a sick person who got caught, so i suppose that's a good thing in itself if you think about it. However the means of finding the porn is what needs to be looked at. I know from reading this, as well as hearing stories of my college technicians, I will NEVER take my computer in to get repaired. I know of a number of computer repair companies that play a game every week called "who can find the weirdest sh*t" where they rummage through hard drives of people who bring their computer in and try to find the strangest thing on it... Just to let some of you know...
  by: ludwitr   08/16/2007 04:53 AM     
  He set himself up...  
In 2006, a group of men took a video to the Circuit City in Mount Laurel, NJ, in order to convert it to DVD. The employee doing the conversion would occasionally view his monitor to ensure the video was playing correctly and the dubbing was proceeding as planned. A glimpse of the video grabbed his attention. What he saw disturbed him and he contacted the FBI.
The men were attempting to create a terrorist training video. The group was infiltrated and the men were later arrested for the Fort Dix attack plot.

If you know what you’re planning or doing is wrong, don’t do it. Simple. And especially don’t put yourself in a positioned to be compromised. That’s like a drug dealer dropping off his Mercedes at his mechanic’s shop… with a dead body and 100 pounds of cocaine in the trunk. Maybe the mechanic won’t wander into the trunk… but what guarantees are there?

If you’re going to keep sensitive data on your system, you should take measures to keep it safe. I keep financial and personal files encrypted and inaccessible to prying eyes. The best tool I’ve found is BestCrypt using the BlowFish encryption algorithm (the NSA also uses BlowFish encryption – it’s been touted as the most secure encryption algorithm available).

BestCrypt creates a virtual drive on your system. This size allocated to this “virtual drive” is set by the user. Works great.

However, if you’re hording child porn or other illegal material via encryption (including BestCrypt) and your system has been seized by authorities, nothing will save you from your files being eventually discovered. Although encrypted, the data is unlocked with a password. The password is used as the “seed” for the encryption process.
Anything “locked down” with a password is penetrable. Using a sequential code generator tied into the decryption software will eventually result in discovery of the password… and your illicit material.
  by: CArnold     08/16/2007 09:19 AM     
Just noticed...

Nearly 2300 hits on this news article in ONE day. Either this news article is of great news interest, or it's turning up in a lot of Google searches for "child porn"... which is sick and scary.

  by: CArnold     08/16/2007 09:32 AM     
"I do think there is a big difference between doing something yourself though, and downloading pics off the internet."

Yep, molesting a child is much worse than paying someone to molest a child, paying someone to molest a child for you is perfectly ok, wait no its not.
  by: Gogevandire   08/16/2007 09:35 AM     
  I used to..  
Work for Cable Modem and DSL Modem installation companies. I did this for about three years. I only saw one instance of a person having child porn on their computer, and I didn't go snooping for it! I called the local police and FBI on that guy real fast! Worst thing about it/him was, he was running a cemetery!
  by: Allanthar     08/16/2007 02:18 PM     
  Stands by Goges side  
And not kicking him for once. :)

@ Jynk You say "If these are children he needs therapy, not prison and charges."
Are you for real in these staements or are you have a joke?
  by: captainJane     08/16/2007 02:36 PM     
  @gogevandire & captainJane  
I specifically said that I didn't agree with financing child porn.

I don't agree with child porn. But I agree with the right to have it. I'm one of those extreme free speech people.

Now if Mr Albert Insinna was in these pictures and doing these things himself, or say something else like that terrorist training video mentioned above; absolutely, bust his ass.

It's like busting someone just for having the "Anarchists Cookbook". Just because they possess it doesn't mean they intend to use it.

Also, what was the age of the girl? Was she 5? or did he get busted for looking at someone 17?

People are quick to get in arms about the "safety of our children" and quick to forget about freedoms and rights.

Obviously it's not a right to molest a child.

Would you arrest someone who had a picture or video of someone being murdered? (Assuming it was a witness or bystander)

What if it was beastiality pictures?

Sounds like the best buy guys thought it would be fun to dig up dirt on a celebrity, and then went public on the first they found.
  by: jynxxed   08/16/2007 08:21 PM     
I used to work for a local repair shop and just to inform some that may not know. You need to pay attention to the work order that you are signing. You will find that your data is your responsibility and the business cannot be held liable.

So if you send something in to be repaired keep in mind that someone will be looking at it most likely wether they need to or not. That's why I repair my own stuff, even though I have nothing on my drives that is criminal or even pornographic I still wouldn't want someone to be looking through my stuff.
  by: Rislone   08/17/2007 02:57 AM     
  I call BS  
Rich guy walks into your operation of business, he acts snooty (like most rich people). So you look at your 2nd command and give him the kiddy porn signal, before you know it, the "fix" is really him loading a 3.5 or CD-ROM filled with Jpegs onto the computer. I mean, my question is why the hell is bestbuy looking for jpegs on someones computer, when that really isn't how viruses work. Geeezz people.
  by: meshuggahfan   08/17/2007 03:38 AM     
I could have sworn RAM was volitile memory, which means is loses all its contents upon power down.

Guess my MSCE certification was wrong?
  by: scriz   08/17/2007 01:35 PM     
  lots of possibilities  
his laptop COULD have become a "bot" on someones bot-net, in which case all sorts of things may have been passed through it. All of this is assuming that the Best Buy guys themselves didn't put it on there just to start some trouble for s famous tv personality. Give me a computer and a CD of porn and I can make it look like you've been at it for years.
  by: oneheadlight42   08/17/2007 02:11 PM     
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