Update on Pornography in Ohio Schools Exposed

to the State Board of Education

On Tuesday, May 10th the Director of INFOhio, Erica Clay, spoke before the State Board of Education in response to the testimony given in April by John Stover, President of Ohio Value Voters.

According to the director "nearly all Ohio public school districts and hundreds more Ohio career centers, ESCs, religious schools, charter schools, and homeschoolers use our resources to enhance learning."

Her glowing comments about INFOhio stressed their commitment to the "safety of children and supporting the work of the State Board, the Department, and parents and teachers across Ohio."  Her testimony actually refuted the testimony of John Stover saying that "INFOhio does not host or provide pornography."

During follow-up questions, State Board member Brendan Shea, stated that he found

Mr. Stover's testimony to be credible and he had personally replicated the steps used by Mr. Stover to access Pornhub through the INFOhio website database. He also asked

Erica Clay to admit that INFOhio has in fact removed the content that Mr. Stover has exposed. Erica Clay explained that yes indeed all of the content has been removed and new disclaimers have been added to the website to give more instruction about navigation and how parents and taxpayers can reach them if they have concerns or questions.

Ohio Value Voters has additional concerns about the content being provided through INFOhio and we will be working with Erica Clay and her staff to take additional steps to remove dangerous and harmful materials for minor children.


On Tuesday, April 12th, John Stover, President of Ohio Value Voters, testified to the Ohio State Board of Education that the state tax-funded organization INFOhio is exposing the children in our state to hardcore porn. What is INFOhio? It is a joint effort between Ohio schools and Ohio’s library system to provide online resources for learning (like research and homework). Grade school children have access to this pornography.

At the meeting, each State School Board member received a packet, with a warning label, that included pictures and instructions for how to access the material. "This is about harmful material that the Ohio Revised Code defines in “Section 2907.31 | Disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.”  

"It was reported last year that the website 'Pornhub' faced lawsuits alleging it knowingly participated in trafficking and child pornography. Pornhub permitted children under the age of 18 to engage in sex, in the making and filming of material, for their website."

John Stover stated: "One cannot be held accountable to take action against this indoctrination and exploitation of children if they are ignorant of the facts. However, today you now are aware of INFOhio’s involvement of exposing children to hardcore pornography (including Pornhub). What action will this board take regarding the corrupting and sexualizing of the minds of Ohio’s children?

John Stover urged the board to contact Attorney General Dave Yost and request that his office pursue criminal action against INFOhio under Ohio Revised Code 2907.31.

Watch the video below to see the blockbuster testimony

and response from the board.

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