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PROVIDER FINED IN INTERNET PORN CASE

BuffNET, the West Seneca Internet provider, was fined $5,000 Friday by a judge who ordered corporate officials to turn over any documents they have dealing with missing or exploited children to the state's Internet Crime Task Force headed by Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.

State Supreme Court Justice Vincent E. Doyle also granted the corporation a conditional discharge on its Feb. 15 guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of failing to immediately purge child pornography from its system.

Doyle also directed the company, formally known as Marketing & Advertising Services Center, to turn over to the state's task force on Internet crimes any documents on missing or exploited children it submits to the Cyber Tip Line in Washington, D.C.

Rodney O. Personius, a BuffNET attorney, declined to comment. No corporate officials were at the sentencing.

After the court proceedings, Paul F. McCarthy, the assistant state attorney general who has been a chief prosecutor in the state's probe of Internet child pornography, said that probe will continue in cooperation with similar probes being conducted by law enforcement agencies nationwide.

BuffNET has about 7,000 subscribers to its dial-up Internet service.

In connection with its corporate guilty plea, BuffNET has reportedly imposed new policies mandating that employees alert corporate officials of complaints about illegal material.

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