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Suspect arrested in 2009 Super Bowl porn case

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A former Cox Communications employee was arrested yesterday in Arizona on charges that he used a computer to interrupt a local telecast of the 2009 Super Bowl with a thirty-seven second porno clip. Thirty-eight-year-old Frank Tamari Gonzalez was arrested at his home in Marana on suspicion of fraud and computer tampering.

Tucson's NBC affiliate, KVOA, came to national attention two years ago when, in the waning moments of a 23-20 game, a graphic scene from the Shorteez Channel's presentation of Wild Cherries 5 usurped the airwaves. Said Marana resident Cora King in 2009, "I just figured it was another commercial until I looked up. Then he did his little dance with everything hanging out."

A spokeswoman for the Attorney General's office said the adult footage had been running on a Cox channel concurrent with Comcast's airing of the Super Bowl. Comcast ended up offering a ten-dollar credit to all 80,000 of their subscribers, before turning over the investigation to the FBI.

KVOA president and general manager Gary Nielsen apologized for the lurid incident, probably thinking of customers like Tucson's Jeanene Piek, who was outraged that her granddaughter had witnessed the naughty sabotage. "I was in a state of shock. I am totally disgusted," she had said. If Gonzalez had run the footage during a GoDaddy.com commercial, he might have gotten away with it.