October 3, 2008
Man Prosecuted Over Girls Aloud Blog
A man accused of blogging about the fictional rape and slaying of the pop group Girls Aloud is being prosecuted under Britain's Obscene Publications Act.
The Daily Mail said the case involving Darryn Walker, a 35-year-old civil servant, is considered the first real test of the 1959 law since pornographic material has become widely available on the Internet.
Walker is accused of posting a violence-themed article about the girl group on a fantasy porn Web site.
Although the Web site has a foreign host, The Daily Mail said prosecution is possible since the alleged author was identified as a British citizen living in the United Kingdom.
Walker is expected to appear in the next few weeks at Newcastle crown court where he has been charged with publication of an obscene article, the newspaper said.