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'Girls Gone Wild' founder Joe Francis sentenced for underage filming


UPI News Service, 01/25/2007 

A Los Angeles federal judge sentenced the "Girls Gone Wild" founder to 200 hours of community service for inadequately documenting video performers' ages.

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The sentencing includes two years' probation and a $500,000 fine.

The punishment handed down to Joe Francis was similar to a sentence imposed in Florida last month on his production company, based in Santa Monica, Calif., the Los Angeles Times said.

Under that agreement, struck with the Justice Department last year, Francis admitted to filming underage women -- often nude and intoxicated -- for his videos. He pleaded guilty to two felony counts of violating federal record-keeping laws.

Francis built his $40 million-a-year business filming spring break partiers and selling the resulting soft-porn videos using late-night infomercials. The violations involved a failure to document the ages of women who performed in videos filmed during 2002 and part of 2003.

Federal law requires producers of sexually explicit materials to file documents proving the performers are adults.


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