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RI state police: Officer used chief's name, linked to porn

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CRANSTON, R.I. -

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.

The investigation began at the request of Chief Elwood Johnson of the Richmond Police Department.

Johnson told investigators that on Dec. 3, 2013 he received an email that alleged Gravier had purchased www.elwoodjohnson.com and www.elwoodjohnsonjr.com. The email said that these websites had been hosting adult male hardcore pornography since September 2012.

Investigators said Johnson used his cell phone to record what a user would see when navigating to the websites and turned the video over to police.

According to investigators, after Johnson took cell phone video, the sites were then redirected to www.ma-excavation.com, which was registered to Gravier.

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