Steven Gravier, 41, allegedly purchased Internet domain names using Chief Elwood Johnson’s name
RICHMOND – A Richmond police officer was arrested Thursday for purchasing two Internet domain names in the name of the chief and using them to link to porn sites.
Federal and state authorities arrested Steven Gravier, 41, a seven-year veteran of the Richmond Police Department for the federal crime of using misleading domain names on the Internet.
Gravier, of 3 Highland Trail, Richmond, was suspended without pay and benefits, the Richmond Police Department announced Friday.
The investigation into Gravier’s alleged actions began in December 2012 when Richmond Police Chief Elwood M. Johnson Jr. received an anonymous tip claiming that Gravier had purchased two Internet domain names, www.elwoodjohnson.com  and www.elwoodjohnsonjr.com  and that those websites were hosting “hardcore” male pornography since September 2012.
In December, Johnson conducted an internal investigation of his own and found that the sites linked to pornography.
According to the affidavit of U.S. Postal Inspector Michael J. Connelly, Johnson documented what a user would see navigating to the above websites. He then provided law enforcement with said documentation.
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