Operator of Web Site

Charged With Obscenity

MIAMI -- The operator of a Web site that posted grisly pictures of people killed in Iraq and Afghanistan was arrested on obscenity charges unrelated to the war photos, police said.

The Polk County sheriff's office said Christopher Michael Wilson of Lakeland, Fla., was arrested Friday and faces one count of wholesale distribution of obscene material and 300 misdemeanor charges relating to the Web site and pornographic photos.

The charges were unrelated to the photos of corpses from Iraq and Afghanistan, which the site states were provided by U.S. troops in exchange for free access to pornographic material.

Several of the graphic pictures showed men wearing what looked like U.S. military uniforms, standing over charred corpses, mutilated bodies and severed body parts. Many were accompanied by captions making light of the corpses.

The Pentagon said it found no evidence any of the photos were posted by soldiers.

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-- From News Services