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Judge Blames Lifelong Porn Viewing Addiction in Hearing to Keep Job

Will County Judge Joseph Polito told the Illinois Courts Commission Thursday that his habit did not affect his job or any judicial ruling he made.

Will County Judge Joseph Polito admitted to a nearly lifelong addiction to porn Thursday when addressing the Illiniois Courts Commission in an effort to keep his judicial position.

Polito, of Joliet, is quoted in an online Chicago Sun-Times story as being shamed by the revelation that he was viewing pornography on his computer while at work, but that it did not affect his performance as a judge.

The addiction began when he was a child, Polito said, and he is now receiving professional help, attends a Sexuality Anonymous support group twice weekly and hasn’t used porn in more than a year, according to the story.

“I used pornography as a crutch to deal with my feelings of inadequacy,” he told the commission. “For 60 years this was an inner conflict — I was ashamed, I didn’t feel good about it and tried to stop. The only way I knew to address it was in a confession with a priest.”

A decision is the case will be issued at a future date, the story said.

Editor's note: This article was written by Patch editor Karen Sorensen. 

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Despiser of Obama November 30, 2012 at 02:23 PM
As long as it wasn't child porn.
Bob Jamesly November 30, 2012 at 04:40 PM
He skirted the computer safeguards against going to such sites. Let him rot.
Despiser of Obama November 30, 2012 at 07:41 PM
No crime committed.
Gary December 01, 2012 at 02:16 AM
"while at work" means that you and I were paying for it. THAT is a crime.
Despiser of Obama December 01, 2012 at 02:29 AM
It's still not a criminal act. Stupidity yes, but no crime. What would the charge be? None!

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