Porn to Be Wild

Just what was on the probation director's computer?

Paul Donnelly, the former head of Harris County's probation department, is now known for three things: always keeping an open Bible on his desk, being a super-hard-assed boss, and using his county computer to surf for pornography.

Donnelly received four months in jail earlier this month after prosecutors proved they had found more than 1,000 pornographic images and a couple of dirty movies on his county computer.

News accounts didn't provide much detail about exactly what type of porn tripped Donnelly's trigger, so we decided to investigate further.

Our original plan was to get the names of the Web sites from the evidence file and then have a local porn expert critique the choices. ("Local porn expert" being defined as anyone with a penis, more or less.)

Alas, the plan went awry. The evidence didn't really list any Web addresses; it merely contained screen captures of hundreds of explicit pictures. Which was kind of distressing, since the only way we were allowed to peruse the evidence was in a tiny office, sitting across a small desk from the court reporter, who was a pleasant middle-aged woman. A pleasant middle-aged woman who didn't seem the type to respond well to a reporter holding up an eight-by-ten photo and whistling, "Gee, this guy really likes 'em shaved, don't he?"

Slightly fazed but undaunted, we skimmed through the pile, expressing the proper amount of disgust at being forced to do so. We can report a couple of things.

1. Some media reports mentioned that Donnelly had a taste for "bizarre domination" Web sites, without addressing the BDSM question of "Who's on top?" The answer: Donnelly. The domination pics all featured trussed-up women, some wearing a strange dental-like device stretching their mouths wide open. So Donnelly's work rep for "cracking the whip" was obviously well earned in more ways than one.

2. During the trial, prosecutor Donna Goode hinted that some of the pictures might have involved child pornography. Goode wasn't sure if those pictures had been removed from the evidence box, but if not, then Donnelly's taste runs more to the "barely legal" level of child porn (is she 16? or 19?) than the true horror of preteens being exploited.

3. Donnelly downloaded an entire comic book (or, as we're sure it's called by readers, "an erotic graphic novel") called More Housewives at Play, apparently a sequel to an earlier comic. Lots of strap-ons and leather. Geez -- if there's anything more juvenile than regular porn, it's gotta be comic-book porn.

Goode stands in awe of Donnelly's eclectic tastes. "Lesbian sex, dominatrix sex, there was a whole slew of things," she says. "He wasn't limiting himself in his quest for stimulation."

We would expect no less from such a dedicated public servant.

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One further note from the Donnelly evidence box: The hard-driving boss, who demanded accountability and responsibility loudly and often from his staff, wasn't exactly a stand-up guy himself.

When county investigators found a cache of porn on one of his computers, they sent him an e-mail headed "Need to speak with you," with a disc outlining the evidence, and asked for an explanation. They got this in reply:

"I was more than a little surprised when I loaded the disc into my computer Friday evening. After a difficult discussion w/ my son (almost 14), he admitted that he had been looking at porn sites. Anyway I'm assuming a couple of people on your staff are aware of it and I wanted to set the record straight ASAP."

Throwing your 13-year-old kid under the bus to save your porn-loving ass: priceless.

Party! (Sort of)

If you're getting yourself ready for spring break this year, forget about packing the beer bong and rubbers. Why head to South Padre to soak up the sun when you can go to Austin for seminars about capital punishment?

That's the thinking of a group called Texas Students Against the Death Penalty, which for the third straight year is hosting an "alternative spring break" that makes up for a lack of fun by adding a big dose of self-righteousness.

Hooman Hedayati, a freshman at UT-Austin, is a spokesman for the group.

Q. So, what all will you guys be doing on spring break?

A.There's going to be different workshops, about direct action, media, lobbying. We're also planning -- there's going to be two executions scheduled in that same week, so after the workshops we'll be doing protests.

Q. But when most people think about spring break, they think about having fun.

A.We are planning entertainment -- it's the same week as the South By Southwest festival. I don't know exactly what we'll be doing, but we'll probably see some concerts and a few movies. There's going to be a couple of documentaries on the death penalty at the film festival.

Q.Oh. So is that all the fun, or is there more?

A. We're also going to tour the capitol, and we hope to schedule appointments to meet with the representatives who are in Austin. And I'm sure there will be other fun activities; we just haven't scheduled everything yet.

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