In a lawsuit educators will watch closely, a mother has sued a municipal library because it failed to stop her 12-year-old son from using a library computer to download sexually explicit images from the internet.

Ten times last summer, the boy reportedly downloaded dozens of explicit images onto floppy disks. He then used a relative's computer equipment to print the images, which he allegedly distributed to his friends at school.

Failing to filter

When the boy's mother, identified only as Katherine R. of Concord, Calif., learned of the pictures, she hired attorney Michael Millen to file...

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