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Porn-viewing installer gets probation, fine



Published: Fri, February 6, 2009 @ 12:06 a.m.

The resident was charged for movies he neither ordered nor viewed.

Staff report

BOARDMAN — A Cathy Way man will be more cautious from now on when allowing someone into his home to do work.

Tom Johnson let a man who worked for a satellite dish installation company into his home last July to install a system. A few weeks later, he noticed a charge on his bill for two pornographic movies.

David Kelly, 23, of Old State Route 558, Salem, was fined $150, given one year’s reporting probation and ordered to complete counseling and pay $85 in costs after pleading no contest to and being convicted of misdemeanor counts of theft and criminal mischief.

He was accused of ordering the pornographic movies and masturbating at the Cathy Way home where he was installing the system. His conviction was last September in Mahoning County Court.

Kelly, who couldn’t be reached, worked for Digital Dish, a Millersburg, Ohio, company contracted by satellite dish companies to do installations. A company spokeswoman said Kelly is no longer an employee.

Johnson’s satellite system was through Dish Network, and the movies showed up on his bill.

Tom Johnson said that Kelly was at his home July 9 when Kelly installed the network on a television in his basement.

“My wife and I were at home, sitting in the living room while he was working,” Johnson said.

When he got the first bill, Johnson was charged $10.99 for “Club Jenna” and $11.99 for “Fresh” — two pornographic films that Johnson and his wife had neither ordered nor viewed.

He contacted the company and disputed the charges.

Because the television where Kelly did the work is in the basement, Johnson didn’t discover the drops of suspected bodily fluid on it until a couple of weeks later. That’s when he reported the incident to police, who took samples for testing. Those results haven’t been returned yet.

Township detective Ben Switka contacted Kelly after tracking him down through the satellite and installation companies, and Kelly visited the police station for an interview.

Kelly admitted the acts, Switka said, and was charged with the two misdemeanors.

Johnson said the incident has changed the way he’ll treat people working inside his home.

“I’ve always been pretty trusting of people,” he said. “You think when a major company sends someone to your house to do work that you can trust them.”

From now on, he’ll ask more questions when someone comes to do work. He urges others to do the same.

Johnson said the episode caused him to drop the satellite service and go with cable.

“I switched to Armstrong,” he said.


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1LUMPY72(65 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

LOL !!!

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

I guess his love life wasn' keeping him fulfilled. Perhapd he should surf to a dating website to broaden his horizons.

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3scrooge(563 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Hey, the guy was just making sure the system was working properly!
What a great commercial for Armstrong huh? not quite sure how they would shoot the commercial and still be able to keep it "PG" though.

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4aeparish(669 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

The porn addict has nothing to do with Armstrong. The guy set up the dish, not the cable.

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5scrooge(563 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

True, but the owners dropped satellite and went to digital cable.
Another satisfied customer! (and installer too I guess)

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6Lifesnadir(164 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

In my opinion, rather than switching from satellite service to cable, the homeowner should have replaced the TV and the remote. All say together now: ewwwwwwwww

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7aeparish(669 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Hahaha.

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8allstar720(246 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Dud, doesn't this kid have a computer?

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9lebronjeremy(16 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Oh, they make it sound like such a crime.

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10aeparish(669 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Allstar, with all of the pop-up ads that he's gotten as a result of looking at that stuff, his computer is probably useless at this point.

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11baboo(43 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Now the guy knows why his remote was all sticky. What's next, the plumber cleaning his pipe, the door repairman working his knob, or the carpenter working his wood.

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12allstar720(246 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

I've seen so much darn porn that I sincerely doubt that the lame stuff on payperview would do anything for me. Maybe this kid should get a female after he finds a new job.

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13tinnydrop(16 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Pig.....glad he got caught!

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14ldchian(56 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

those installers don't get paid much, but the tips are big.

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15baboo(43 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Its nice to hear a feel good story about an installer using his personal touch when providing service.

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16EricLW(66 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

I wonder if the remote was sticky! :)

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