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FIRST CHARGES FILED FOR NEW WEB PORN LAW NEW YORK — The first prosecution under a new law designed to prevent the use of misleading Internet addresses to lure children to pornographic sites was announced Wednesday by U.S. Attorney James Comey. John Zuccarini, 53, was charged with violating a provision of the new Amber Alert legislation because he allegedly used Web addresses that switched or omitted letters of popular teen or children’s sites such as Disneyland or Teletubbies in order to steer unsuspecting youths to porn sites. The sites are designed to be technically difficult to exit as well, prosecutors said. Speaking at an afternoon news conference, Comey said Zuccarini had created a “cybermaze” designed to prey on children. “Few of us could imagine there was someone out there in cyberspace, essentially reaching out by hand to take children to the seediest corners of the Internet,” he said. Arrested in a Hollywood, Fla., hotel room, Zuccarini was charged with one count of 18 U.S.C. § 2252B, which was passed in April as an amendment to the Truth in Domain Names statute. Zuccarini was charged under subsection (b) of the new law, which makes it a crime to use “a misleading domain name on the Internet to deceive a minor into viewing material that is harmful to minors on the Internet.” It carries a prison sentence of up to four years. — The New York Law Journal

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