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October 28, 2005

Sex.com domain hijacker arrested in Mexico and Returned to the United States

A very complicated story of fraud, pornography, technology, and law suits took another turn when Stephen M. Cohen was taken into custody by Mexican authorities and returned to the U.S. Marshals Service on Thursday.  Cohen tricked Network Solutions into turning over the domain sex.com which had been registered to Gary Kremen in 1994.  Cohen then used the site to peddle pornography.  Kremen successfully sued Cohen in federal district court and got a judgment ordering the return of the site and an restitution award of $65 million. 

Cohen fled and set up another Internet pornography site based in Tijuana, Mexico.  He was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant in the United States when he tried to renew his work permit to continue operating his site.

Read more about this strange case here.

The Ninth Circuit Appeals case is at 337 F.3d 1024 (2003), 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 14830. The District Court Opinion is at 99 F.Supp.2d 1168 (N.D. Cal. 2000), 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8476.  The Supreme Court denied cert on October 3, 2005.

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