Man indicted on porn charges

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A Huntsville man has been indicted on federal child pornography charges. The U.S. Attorney's office says Patrick Joseph Vitarius faces two counts.
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concerned parent

Huntsville, AL

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Sep 29, 2007
 
I wish that there was more info posted. What did he have? How was he arrested? When was he arrested?
A concern parent

United States

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Dec 20, 2007
 
concerned parent wrote:
I wish that there was more info posted. What did he have? How was he arrested? When was he arrested?
I know where he is and in sept he was arrested for it
fdj

Deville, LA

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Dec 22, 2007
 
A concern parent wrote:
<quoted text> I know where he is and in sept he was arrested for it
Can tell us more?
fdj

Deville, LA

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Dec 22, 2007
 
A concern parent wrote:
<quoted text> I know where he is and in sept he was arrested for it
Can you tell us more?
hwbdxastudentkjl mcdo

AOL

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Feb 15, 2008
 
patrick vitarius prior to his arrest was working at a local school as a physics teacher. he was arrested on a thursday night at his home because he did not show up the next day.
another concerned parent

Huntsville, AL

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Jul 30, 2008
 
He has totally ruined his life. What a dumb mistake. If anyone knows anything more about this story, please post the info here.
another concerned parent

Huntsville, AL

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Jul 30, 2008
 
I wonder HOW he was caught. How did the authorities find out that he had kiddie porn?
CHS Student

Madison, AL

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Oct 26, 2008
 
i was there when it happened. he was pretty smart. but now its done. he was my teacher.
Patricks Friend

Bethpage, NY

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Mar 24, 2009
 
I worked with Patrick when we were both government contractors. One day people came in and took away his government-issued computer, and he left our organization the next week. He went to a local private school and taught science there. We didn't know what was going on until the press release. I knew Patrick for over a year. We hung out. He came over to my place for parties and the like. I don't think he would have done what he is charged with. I know he worked with impoverished children in Africa for a few years before I met him, and he had many framed photographs of African children in his office. If I was to guess, I would think that he received or sent pictures of some of these children in their natural state (we have all seen National Geographic). And since he was doing it from a government machine, there is no way that the government could just let him slide without at least prosecuting him. I wish I had more information on this. Again, everything I have said is pure speculation, but I'm giving Patrick the benefit of the doubt.
Trixie

Panama City Beach, FL

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Mar 26, 2009
 
You just can't put someone through this kinda hell without some solid evidence or there's a lawsuit waiting.
American Citizen

Huntsville, AL

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Mar 26, 2009
 
As the many post that have preceded mine; there is too little information given for this incident. BUT, any person that sits in front of a Government Computer knows that there is a statement at the very beginning when you log in with your password and identification, that clearly tells you that if you go to a porn site, you will be caught and prosecuted. For the uninitiated, the Government Computer System is one of the safest computer environments. We are prompted to check for the latest new anti-virus, often weekly or more. Hence there is NO WAY that anyone can say that they did not know that that was WRONG. Additionally, our security is so stringent that NO Personal Electronic Devices; MP3, CD, DVD, Thumbwheels are allowed. There are signs posted at every entry, in the halls, on walls, even in the bathrooms! He got caught because he displayed a blatant disregard for his country, his own personal liberty, and if he is alleged to have committed some crime against a minor, I AM NOT SAYING THAT HE DID, then he displayed gross negligence of many social mores, traditions, and habits.

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