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Richmond Police Officer Arrested for Knowingly Using Misleading Domain Names on the Internet

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety; United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island Peter Neronha; and Inspector In-Charge Kevin Niland of the United States Postal Inspection Service announce the arrest of a Richmond police officer for knowingly using misleading domain names on the Internet.

At 9:00 AM on Thursday, August 22, 2013, members of the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit and the United States Postal Inspection Service, arrested Steven Gravier, age 41, of 3 Highland Trail, Richmond, Rhode Island on a federal arrest warrant for Using Misleading Domain Names on the Internet, a violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 2252(B)(a).

The joint investigation by the State Police Computer Crimes Unit, the United State's Attorney and the United States Postal Inspection Service began at the request of Richmond Police Chief Elwood M. Johnson, Jr. The alleged activity that resulted in Mr. Gravier's arrest included the purchase of domain names containing variations of Chief Johnson's name which redirected Internet users to pornographic web sites.

Mr. Gravier was processed at the Lincoln Woods Barracks and arraigned before United States Magistrate Lincoln Almond in United States District Court in Providence, Rhode Island. Mr. Gravier was released on $10,000 unsecured bond.

The punishment for a person convicted of violating Title 18 United States Code, Section 2252(B)(a) is imprisonment for not more than two (2) years or a monetary fine, or both.

Media Contact: Major Todd E. Catlow, Detective Commander, (401) 444-1006

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Department or agency: Rhode Island State Police

Online: http://www.risp.ri.gov

Release date: 08-23-2013

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