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Someone has complained about hard core porn being viewed in front of children at the Columbine Library in Littleton.

A mother tells 9NEWS her child was exposed to porn twice in two weeks.

Columbine is the same library where a 17-year-old boy was caught masturbating while watching pornography this summer.

Until recently, adults were allowed to watch x-rated content on library computers in Jefferson County.

After 9NEWS exposed complaints from library patrons in July, the library board installed filters that are supposed block X-rated websites.

This week, a mom who asked us to use only her first name, Liliana, emailed us saying she and her daughter were in the library walking from the children's section to the magazine area when it happened.

"I saw a man watching some really graphic, hardcore porn on the computer, right at eye level where my daughter was walking by," Liliana said.

Liliana says the first incident was on Oct. 12. She returned to the library one week later on Oct. 19.

"The very next time that we went back, it happened again," Liliana said.

She says another man was looking at porn on a public library computer.

Jefferson County Public Library spokesperson Rebecca Winning has dealt with this issue before.

"We're sorry. The last thing I want to do is have children exposed to sexually explicit images in the library. And we kind of thought we had the problem solved," Winning said.

In July, we told you how a different mom, Carolyn Berry, saw a 17-year-old masturbating while looking at porn at Columbine.

At that time, library policy allowed adults were allowed to watch x-rated content as long as they used a privacy screen.

"There were pornographic videos. Two girls kissing partially nude on the screen," Berry said.

Berry says a teenager was viewing an X-rated movie on a Columbine library computer, and appeared to be touching himself underneath his clothing.

"The patron was lying back in his chair, he had his hand down his pants, and was clearly masturbating," Berry said.

Berry complained to the librarian and expected the teen to be thrown out, but 20 minutes later, she says he was still in the library.

"He was on the exact same computer," Berry said. "He hadn't been kicked out of the library. He hadn't been kicked off the computers. He was still sitting there."

Berry called the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. The 17-year-old got a ticket for trespassing and could face charges of indecent exposure. A sheriff's spokesperson confirmed deputies have responded to other incidents involving people watching porn at Jefferson County public libraries.

One month after 9NEWS aired Berry's story, the Jefferson County library board voted to start filtering all computers in the library.

"This is about offering a safe and welcoming environment for everyone and to protect," Winning said. "One board member said at the meeting, 'I don't want one other child coming into this library and seeing something they shouldn't be seeing.'"

Previously, the library only filtered computers used by children or teens. The new policy and filters were instituted on Sept. 1.

"We've gotten patron complaints which we take very seriously. The board looked at it again and decided to change the policy," Winning said.

The filters are supposed to block sexually explicit images.

"They're obviously not working. If two out of two times there is hard core porn playing on the computers, those filters are not working," Liliana said.

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