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State Attorney Jeff Ashton admits using Ashley Madison website but won’t step down

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Jeff Ashton, the state attorney for Orange and Osceola counties, admitted Sunday that he signed up for the Ashley Madison online-dating website but said he never had an affair as a result. “While I indulged my curiosity about the site, it never went beyond that,” Ashton said at a news conference at an Orange County hotel, at which he apologized for his actions. “These were incredibly stupid choices.” But Ashton added, “no laws have been broken” in his use of the website, which has gained more attention in recent days after it was hacked and information about clients became public. Ashton said that while he did occasionally visit the site while in his office, he signed in through a public Wi-Fi network on his personal laptop and did not use government equipment to access the site. “As embarrassed as I am about what I did, I did not commit a crime,” Ashton said. According to its website, “Ashley Madison is the world’s largest website for married men and women looking to have a discreet affair.” While the county has a content filter to block inappropriate websites, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs has asked for a complete review of the county […]

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