Brief: Disney Executive Found Guilty, Sentenced

FRAMINGHAM (08/14/2000) - Patrick Naughton, the 35-year-old former Internet executive at Walt Disney Co. and a co-author of the Java programming language at Sun Microsystems Inc., last week was convicted by a Los Angeles court for the crime of crossing state lines with the intention of having sex with a minor. The e-mail exchange that led to his conviction was actually sent by a U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation agent pretending to be a 13-year-old girl.

The court sentenced Naughton to nine months in home detention with electronic monitoring, a $20,000 fine and five years probation. Naughton, now living in West Hollywood, had written software for Disney's GO Network to screen foul language and pornography. He was fired after being charged last year.

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