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Police Officer In Jail For Buying Domains Of Police Chief & Pointing Them To Porn

Posted on the 23 August 2013 by Worldwide @thedomains

According to turnto10.com the site of an NBC affiliate station in Rhode Island, “A Richmond police officer faces charges after state police said he purchased domain names containing variations of the chief’s name which redirected Internet users to pornographic web sites.”

 

“Steven Gravier, 41, was arraigned Friday in Providence District Court and charged with using misleading domain names on the Internet. ”

“He was released on $10,000 unsecured bond.”

There is actually a US statue “18 USC § 2252B – Misleading domain names on the Internet”

that makes it illegal to

(a) Whoever knowingly uses a misleading domain name on the Internet with the intent to deceive a person into viewing material constituting obscenity shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both.

(b) Whoever knowingly uses a misleading domain name on the Internet with the intent to deceive a minor into viewing material that is harmful to minors on the Internet shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.

 

(c) For the purposes of this section, a domain name that includes a word or words to indicate the sexual content of the site, such as “sex” or “porn”, is not misleading.

 

(d) For the purposes of this section, the term “material that is harmful to minors” means any communication, consisting of nudity, sex, or excretion, that, taken as a whole and with reference to its context— (1) predominantly appeals to a prurient interest of minors; (2) is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community as a whole with respect to what is suitable material for minors; and (3) lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors.

(e) For the purposes of subsection (d), the term “sex” means acts of masturbation, sexual intercourse, or physical  contact with a person’s genitals, or the condition of human male or female genitals when in a state of sexual stimulation or arousal.

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