Officer used chief's name, linked to porn, police say

Authorities in Rhode Island say a police officer got two Internet domain names in the name of his chief and used them to link to porn sites.

Richmond Police officer Steven Gravier was arrested Thursday and charged with a federal crime of using misleading domain names on the Internet. He allegedly used the name of Chief Elwood Johnson Jr. to link to obscene material.

Gravier's public defender had no comment. The 41-year-old has worked for the department since 2006.

Johnson released a department statement saying Gravier has been suspended without pay and his alleged actions "are in no way indicative" of other Richmond officers.

An affidavit says the domain names www.elwoodjohnson.com and www.elwoodjohnsonjr.com linked to pornography. A postal inspector said Gravier purchased the domain names in September.

Johnson learned of the links in December through an anonymous tip.