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Arizona man pleads guilty to hacking Super Bowl telecast

TUCSON, Ariz. -- An Arizona man admitted in court Thursday that he used a computer to interrupt a Tucson-area telecast of the 2009 Super Bowl with a 37-second pornography clip.

Frank Tanori Gonzalez pleaded guilty to two counts of computer tampering, Pima County prosecutors said.

Authorities have said that someone cut into the Comcast cable broadcast of the February 2009 Super Bowl between the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers that went to viewers in the Tucson area.

Gonzalez was a Cox Communications employee who was working as a liaison with Comcast at the time of the incident, according to authorities.

The game was shown in Tucson on KVOA. The station sent its signals -- both standard definition and high definition -- to Cox Communications, which then sent them to Comcast. Only those watching the standard-definition feed of the game on KVOA saw the clip.

Gonzalez was arrested by the FBI and local police in February. The 39-year-old is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 1, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

As part of a plea agreement, Gonzalez must serve three years' probation and pay a $1,000 fine. If he successfully completes his probation, the crime will be designated a misdemeanor rather than a felony.

Comcast ended up offering a $10 credit to all of its 80,000 subscribers, whether they saw the brief X-rated clip or not.

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