February 5, 2011 / 8:11 PM / 8 years ago

Arizona man held over Super Bowl porn broadcast

TUCSON, Arizona (Reuters) - Thousands of Tucson football fans got a shock two years ago when transmission of the nail-biting final minutes of the 2009 Super Bowl were interrupted by a mystery hard core porn clip.

Now, on the eve of this year’s clash, police say they have nabbed a suspect. Frank Tanori Gonzalez, 38, was arrested on Friday at his home in Marana, northwest of Tucson, on suspicion of fraud and computer tampering, the FBI said.

The charges stem from a 30-second clip that cut into a local cable transmission of the final stages of Super Bowl XLIII, as viewers watched the Pittsburgh Steelers clinch victory over the Arizona Cardinals, 27-23.

Cable provider Comcast said the clip — reportedly showing a woman unzipping a man’s pants, followed by a graphic sex act — was broadcast to some suburban customers watching the game on a low-definition service.

The Arizona Daily Star newspaper said Tanori was a supervisor and longtime employee at Cox Communications at the time of the incident, and named the pornographic movie as “Wild Cherries 5.”

The Pittsburgh Steelers face the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV in Dallas on Sunday.

Reporting by Tim Gaynor; editing by Peter Bohan

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