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Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Sheriff Marlin Gusman looks next to the entrance where the first Orleans Parish Prison buses transported prisoners to the new $150 million parish prison built in part with FEMA money in New Orleans, La. Monday, Sept. 14, 2015.

Among the unplanned perks of Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s gleaming new jail: free porn for inmates.

Only it wasn’t so free for Jared “Pablo” Johnson, an accused killer and drug gang member who was convicted Tuesday of sitting down at a deputy’s computer in one of the open tiers of the recently opened Orleans Justice Center and perusing pornography at will.

In a jail designed for “direct supervision” — a strategy of placing deputies among the inmate population for better oversight — no one was around as Johnson and other inmates got their jollies on Tier 2F, according to a video and testimony from two deputies.

After a bench trial that lasted less than an hour, Criminal District Court Judge Laurie White found Johnson guilty of misdemeanor computer tampering.

Deputies acknowledged in their testimony that another deputy had left the computer running, and there was no one else around as Johnson and other inmates surfed for porn.

Assistant District Attorney Ryan Quinones said the computer contained sensitive information, such as the location of other inmates in the jail.

Sheriff’s investigators learned what the inmates were ogling through a search of the computer’s history. Normally the terminals require a password, but the deputy who left his station had failed to log out, Deputy Robert Lear testified.

The incident took place about 5:30 p.m. Oct. 29, six weeks after Gusman’s office began transferring inmates to the new jail.

A co-defendant in the case, Darryl McKinney, still awaits trial.

White sentenced Johnson, 22, to six months in prison and a $500 fine.

Johnson seemed to take the proceedings in stride, smiling and scanning the courtroom audience as his public defenders argued that the absence of deputies gave him “implicit authorization” to check out some porn.

But Johnson has bigger problems: He is accused of being an associate in “3NG,” a notorious drug gang named for its street turf at Third and Galvez streets in Central City.

In a state racketeering indictment issued in 2013 against Johnson and 19 others, Johnson is charged with 10 criminal counts. Among other crimes, he is accused of fatally shooting Tremaine Posey on Aug. 24, 2010, and then bragging about it.