Former Norwich, Conn., substitute teacher Julie Amero has reached a plea deal to end a long-running case in which she was accused of exposing middle school students to online pornography, reports Newsday. Amero, 41, pleaded guilty Nov. 21 to one count of misdemeanor disorderly conduct in Norwich Superior Court. She will give up her teaching license and pay a $100 fine. Amero was convicted in 2007 of four counts of risk of injury to a minor. The charges stemmed from a 2004 incident in which pornography appeared on her classroom computer in view of several seventh-graders. Amero and several computer experts argued the computer was infected with spyware programs that caused the images to pop up beyond her control. A judge threw out her conviction after an analysis of the computer’s hard drive, concluding testimony against Amero was "flawed." Amero, who had no criminal record, was awaiting a new trial when she pleaded guilty to the disorderly conduct charge to end the case. "Oh honey, it’s over. I feel wonderful," Amero told the Hartford Courant a few minutes after entering her plea. "The Norwich police made a mistake. It was proven. That makes me feel like I’m on top of the world…"

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