Barrett's child responsible for topless photo in PowerPoint presentation

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 11:56 AM

A child in the home of State Rep. Matt Barrett (D-Amherst) is responsible for the photo of topless woman that appeared during a PowerPoint presentation on Tuesday.

"Right now I'd like to keep this a family matter," Barrett said this morning when reached by cell phone. "It's a time for me to just be a dad."

He declined further comment, saying he wanted to "stick with" his prepared statement from the Ohio House Democratic Caucus.

"We want to put this behind us. From what we have learned thus far, this is an internal family matter. We would appreciate respect for our privacy as we deal with this situation," said communications director Phil Saken, while reading Barrett's statement.

Caucus sources were prohibited from disclosing the gender or age of the child responsible for the photos.

Barrett was explaining how a bill becomes law to one of three Norwalk High School senior social studies classes when the images unexpectedly appeared. The state lawmaker quickly unplugged the system, pulled out the memory stick and apologized to teacher Derek Pigman's students.

He did his presentation, but used the paperwork that was to be supplemented with the PowerPoint.

After Tuesday's incident, school officials contacted the Norwalk Police Department, which notified the state Highway Patrol because Barrett is a state representative. The politician said earlier he voluntarily handed the computer over to troopers and said he was "very concerned" about what happened.

Patrol spokesman Lt. Tony Bradshaw said authorities are analyzing the data stick and Barrett's computer. Troopers also had seized two school computers. As of Wednesday afternoon, Bradshaw didn't know what the timeline would be for results of the testing.

"None of that is state's property, so it's being handed back to Norwalk (police)," he said.

Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Todd Temple couldn't be reached for comment this morning.

Barrett has said it was the first time he had done his presentation on PowerPoint and decided to use it when he realized the equipment was available. Two school officials said Barrett didn't check the thumb drive beforehand.

He told the Associated Press he rarely used the stick, a gift he received about three weeks ago from a legislative liaison from the state library of Ohio.

NHS Principal Bob Duncan contacted all the parents after the incident. School officials plan to have future guest speakers' information previewed before they do a presentation.

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