Tuscon Man Held for 2009 Super Bowl Porn Interruption

An Arizona man accused of interrupting the 2009 broadcast of Super Bowl with a 37-second clip of pornography has been arrested on charges of fraud and computer tampering, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office announced.

Frank Tanori Gonzalez was arrested last week for his alleged role in interrupting the local Comcast feed of the game between the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers, Feb. 1, 2009, with what Reuters called “a mystery hard core porn clip.”

The cable company ended up offering a $10 credit to all of its 80,000 subscribers, whether they saw the clip or not, and the investigation was turned over to the FBI, The Associated Press said.

Gonzalez was arrested last Friday by a joint task force of the FBI and Tucson Police Department.

“These charges relate to the 37 second X-rated pornography interruption of Comcast’s Tucson 2009 Super Bowl broadcast and as a result of the alleged tampering to its servers, Comcast suffered significant economic losses,” Attorney General Tom Horne said.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Nathan T. Gray, Phoenix Division said the alleged act of fraud and computer tampering resulted in viewers to include minors seeing unwarranted material.

“The FBI and our law enforcement partners are committed to investigating individuals who breach their administrative responsibilities by committing fraud and computer tampering,” he said.

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