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IP address typo leads to a false arrest in Kansas

IP address typo leads to a false arrest in Kansas
IP address typo leads to a false arrest in Kansas




-------- Original Message --------
Subject: IP address typo leads to a false arrest
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 09:33:07 -0400
From: Richard M. Smith  
To: 'Declan McCullagh'  

http://www.kansas.com/mld/eagle/news/local/crime_courts/12620843.htm 

Brian and Sarah Doom were shocked when police showed up at their Wichita
home accusing them of child pornography.

The Dooms had never been in trouble with the law. On Aug. 12, 2004, they
found themselves being accused of activity that disgusted them.

But the police had the wrong house, based on mistaken information from the
Dooms' Internet service provider, Cox Communications.

...

The court order, Shultz said, asked for a home address connected to an
Internet address police suspected of receiving child porn. Shultz said that
someone at Cox typed in an Internet address different from the one provided
by police.

"And the Dooms' home address came up," Shultz said.

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