Home > News > Police Officer Charged Over Misleading Domain Names • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options

NEWS STORY

Police Officer Charged Over Misleading Domain Names

Police Officer Charged Over Misleading Domain Names
Get XBIZ News
Aug 26, 2013 3:30 PM PDT    Text size: 

RICHMOND, R.I. — A Richmond police officer has been accused of purchasing several domain names featuring a number of variations of his police chief's name and redirecting those domain to porn sites.

Steven Gravier, according to the Rhode Island State Police, was arrested and turned over to federal authorities for arraignment for violating 18 U.S.C. § 2252B for using misleading domain names on the Internet.

According to an affidavit, Gravier purchased the domain names ElwoodJohnson.com and ElwoodJohnsonjr.com in September and later linked them up to the porn sites.

Rhode Island State Police said several law enforcement agencies, including the State Police Computer Crimes Unit, the U.S. Attorney's Office and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, were involved in the probe, which could amount to two years in prison and a monetary fine for Gravier, if convicted.

18 U.S.C. § 2252B is a federal statute that can be applied for perpetrators who create misleading domains that deceive web surfers into viewing material that can be harmful to minors, including content that appeals to a prurient interest of minors; is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community as a whole with respect to what is suitable material for minors; and whose content lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors.

Other details involving Gravier's federal criminal filing are unavailable because a federal judge has sealed the complaint.

More ways to get XBIZ News:  RSS Feeds  |  E-Newsletters  |  Desktop Widget  |  Mobile
Looking for porn star news and behind-the-scene videos? Check out XFANZ.com !

BUSINESS ANALYSIS

Execs of 2016: Online Industry Businessmen Reveal Market Drivers

XBIZ World is pleased to present “Execs of 2016: The Year in Review” — a special showcase of the thoughts and strategies of 2016’s most influential and motivational leaders as they... More »

Execs of 2016: Online Industry Businesswomen Reveal Market Drivers

XBIZ World is pleased to present “Execs of 2016: The Year in Review” — a special showcase of the thoughts and strategies of 2016’s most influential and motivational leaders as they... More »

Execs of 2016: Online Biz Chief Execs Discuss Approach to Business

XBIZ World is pleased to present “Execs of 2016: The Year in Review” — a special showcase of the thoughts and strategies of 2016’s most influential and motivational leaders as they... More »
XBIZ NEWSLETTERS
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.






POPULAR PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Subscribe to XBIZ World magazine, the industry's leading e-commerce trade publication, delivering in-depth coverage of the online, mobile and ancillary digital markets.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Everything To Do With Sex Show

Jan 20 - Jan 22
Montréal, Québec

Everything To Do With Sex Show

Jan 27 - Jan 29
Halifax, Nova Scotia

The European Summit

Mar 04 - Mar 07
Barcelona-Sitges, Spain

The TEA Show

Mar 05 - Mar 06
Hollywood, CA
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!