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COUPLE SENTENCED IN COMPUTER-PORN CASE

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A California couple drew sentences of at least 21/2 years in prison Friday for sending pornographic images via computer in a case that raised questions about how to apply obscenity law in cyberspace.

The prosecution of Robert Thomas and his wife, Carleen, was the first obscenity case in which operators of a computer bulletin board were charged in the place where the material was received, rather than where it originated.The Thomases were found guilty in July of transmitting obscenity via interstate telephone lines. A postal inspector testified that he joined the bulletin board under a fake name and received the images in his computer in Memphis.

Thomas was sentenced to three years and a month in prison, and his wife got 2 1/2 years. Under federal sentencing rules, they must serve their full terms.