A newspaper reported Thursday that Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent John Latschar is stepping down as the result of the discovery of pornography on his office computer. National Park Service officials had no comment, citing Privacy Act restrictions regarding personnel matters.
The York Daily Record reports that Mr. Latschar told them he will no longer be superintendent as of Monday, that he is being reassigned to a desk job with the Park Service.
In the story the superintendent acknowledged viewing sexually explicit images at work, but added that he didn't view them as "pornography," but rather akin to what might be found in Playboy magazine.
Mr. Latschar also said it was somewhat ironic that this matter only came to light because someone in the Interior Department violated the Privacy Act, which aims to protect the personal lives of government employees, by leaking the memo regarding the matter of pornography on his computer. He also told the newspaper that in a way he was relieved to be leaving his job.
"Strangely enough, right now, in addition to the sorrow for the grief I've caused friends and family, I'm feeling almost a sense of relief," Latschar said when contacted Wednesday night. "I've spent the last 21 years of my life in the public arena, where everything I say or do is considered fair game. I think it's going to be nice to go to a desk job as a staff person working for somebody else who has to make all the decisions."