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Publishing Exec Indicted on Child-Porn Charges

Lisa Minter (
Wed, 29 Jun 2005 00:49:21 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former publishing executive who was a member
of New York's state education board has been indicted on
child-pornography charges, U.S. authorities said on Tuesday.

Robert Johnson, 59, who was publisher of Long Island's Newsday
newspaper from 1986 to 1994, faces up to 50 years in prison and a fine
of up to $750,000 for downloading child pornography including a movie
titled "Real Child Rape," U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

He also faces obstruction-of-justice charges for erasing more than
12,000 files from his company computers after learning of the
investigation in May 2004.

Johnson resigned abruptly that month as chief executive of the
financial-printing firm Bowne & Co. Inc. and gave up his seat on New
York State's Board of Regents, citing personal reasons.

Federal authorities said Johnson erased the computer files after a
Bowne executive told him he was under investigation.

A Bowne spokesman directed inquiries to Johnson's personal attorney,
who was not available for comment.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation has led to the
arrest of nearly 6,000 people on child-pornography charges in the past
two years. Many of them were found through the records of a
Belorussian company that handled payments for several
child-pornography sites.

"Those who believe that cyberspace can conceal their online child
pornography purchases are mistaken," ICE Deputy Special Agent Marvin
Walker said in a statement.

Copyright 2005 Reuters Limited.

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