Barrett's child responsible for topless photo in PowerPoint presentation

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."
Cary Ashby
Jul 25, 2010


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.


I call BS (Anon...

Point is there is no place for it in the schools. More so since he is an elected official he is held to a higher standard. You may settle for less and expect less but that is your low standard, not mine.

JEF (Anonymous)

And another thing wrote: 'HE WAS INVESTIGATED BY THE STATE PATROL...OK?????' And you know for a fact that the individual family members were interviewed regarding Rep. Barrett's allegation against his child? Rep. Barrett is saying that his family life is none of the public's business. What's he hiding if he's perfectly innocent?

To JEF (Anonymous)

Why lie? His kid did it, it's a normal thing, and why would he lie about that? If he would have copped the blame, then he would be in trouble for lying, right?

JEF (Anonymous)

To JEF, I'll re-phrase - who has interviewed the family to confirm Rep. Barrett's assertion? He says it's no one's business. According to him, he has an underage child at home downloading sexually oriented material. Will he allow authorities to interview the child and the other members of the family in order to corroborate his statement? Reads like he's saying, 'No.' It reads as though the authorities have only interviewed him. IMO a more thorough examination is well warranted.

newshound (Anon...

If you'd check with the patrol (not the local post), and not just read what's in the paper, you might find that family members were questioned.

to newshound......

thank you. To I call B.S., did you go to a private or public school? It makes no difference, everyone has a curious sexual nature at that age. Are you different than most normal people? Were you not the same age as this mans young son and not just a little bit curious when your body started to change, and you noticed the opposite sex was a little more 'attractive' to you, but you couldn't figure out why? Why are there low standards in being normal? The kid is normal, he downloaded something he should have deleted or erased-and BY MISTAKE it showed up for 3 seconds, mind you, to a handful of probably just as horny teenagers who were probably hoping they could watch it again. Nobody came in and danced on anyones lap, it was an HONEST mistake, and you should just get over it. Prude.

swiss family......

I think that it was just a simple accident, i do however, become alittle concerned when Mr. Barret, says that this is a family matter, and wants to be left alone. This accident involved alot of other people's kids, and i think that since it affected their lives, it should be a public matter.Mr. Barret, i have lost some trust and respect for you, not because of the accident, but in the way that you have held it in secrecy

trust? (Anonymous)

No problem, swiss family. People on this site have lost somw trust and respect for you, too.

You think?? (An...

talk about things held in 'secrecy'-I want to blurt out your name, swiss family, because I know who you are, but I prefer to hang on to this knowledge for a little's fun for me. Every time we ride past your 'house' slammed into that little tiny lot I say' Look, kids, it's the swiss family mansion.' We laugh even harder when we run into you at Wal-Mart or the grocery store.

swiss family......

please"You think" please by all means say my name, and let everyone know who i am according to you. I can assure you that you will be wrong, because , i do NOT shop at wal-mart, and i haven't been there in a very long time. and as far as my house being on a very small lot, i can assure you that you are wrong about my identity. So please, please, you have my permission to tell everyone who you think i am , because i can assure you that you will be making a fool of yourself.

re: swiss famil...

just shut up. Nobody cares who you are except for one person. If you want to post your backwoods, white trash, inbred opinion on something, fine. If you want to rally you troops to not buy gas in Norwalk, fine. But please, for the love that is good and holy, do not get the impression that any of us two squirts to know who you are. given you record and obvious addiction to posting nonsense, you are a lonely nobody... and nobody cares. Your act is old... but post it if you must for god's sake, understand nobody cares who you are.

THIS is hilario...

Last time I said I saw swiss at Wal-Mart, she said she looked in her checkbook to see the last date she was in there, and said it wasn't the same day I said it was. Now, you're saying you don't even shop there?? Make up your mind, skitzo.

To: this is hil...

I'm not sure who swiss is, AKA T$Robinson, but I am not the same person. What part of that don't u understand?? I am the one who was being accused of being at Walmart on a certain night. I'm not even sure what it was all about now but from the comments it was being pointed at me and some kind of threats to tell something on me and accusing me of being "swiss" I am not and for that matter I slam this person every chance I get. I use many names on here so I'm sure its hard to follow who I am, which is the way I like and want it. BUT FOR THE LAST TIME I AM NOT SWISS NOR DO I KNOW HIS OR HER IDENTY EXCEPT FOR WHEN THEY WERE GOING BY T$ROBINSON. I hope every1 figures out who this as* is because they are tool, as u all say. The comment swiss made about the boy who died in the car was a little much, and should have their *ss kicked when they r found out.

To: this is hil...

I just went back and reread what comment I made on here. I only went by 1 name on here and that was "just wondering". Now do I sound like the same jerk as swiss, please!!

To: this is hil...

And yes, I do shop at Walmart. I was there Friday night, Sunday night and Monday night so did you see me there??? And who doesn't shop at walmart, thought every1 did??

to: re: this is...

who said you were swiss?? I didn't.

to: just wonder...

who said you were swiss? I'm lost. I never said you were swiss. Swiss is a liar.

To: this is hil...

Oct. 16, 2007 5:17pm is the comment where u r referring to the lady who checked her checkbook to see when the last time she was at walmart, uh, that was me and yes I do believe you were saying I was swiss. I am not swiss, he or she is a tool!