An index of
gay-themed Internet Web pages that Spokane, Wash., mayor Jim
West visited from his city-owned laptop computer has been released.
The 107-page index does not contain individual
Web addresses, because Adams County superior court
judge Richard Miller ordered them redacted to protect
the privacy of third parties. The mayor declined to comment
when reached by reporters on Wednesday.
On November 18, Miller ordered the release of an
index that shows the dates and times West used the
computer to visit Gay.com and other gay-themed Web
sites, but not the pages or images he viewed. The index
shows when the mayor looked at main Web pages and JPEG
images in March, April, and May of this year.
As West has claimed, most visits were made after
5 p.m. or on weekends.
West, who is the subject of a December 6 recall
election because of a City Hall sex scandal involving
gay men, unsuccessfully tried to prevent release of
the contents of his computer's hard drive, saying they were
private and the Internet sites were accessed during off-work hours.
The index was compiled from a copy of West's
computer hard drive the FBI made as part of its public
corruption investigation. No charges have been filed,
and West continues to deny wrongdoing.
Although the Web addresses of individual pages
and "profiles" were blacked out, Miller said the hard
drive contained 3,300 images, including 11 of explicit
sexual activity and 100 pictures of male genitalia or
buttocks. After reviewing the contents of the mayor's hard
drive, Miller concluded that many of the images showed upper
torso pictures of shirtless men. There was no text
with the photos, he said.
The recall-election charge alleges that West
abused his office by offering a City Hall internship,
in expectation of sexual favors, to a person he met in
a Gay.com chat room whom he believed to be an
18-year-old man. The chat partner was actually a computer
expert hired by The Spokesman-Review newspaper
to track West's online activities. (AP)