Spring Break Videos Land Stiff Fine for Girls Gone Wild


The founder of the “Girls Gone Wild” videos has been sentenced to two years probation and 200 hours of community service for violating federal laws designed to prevent the sexual exploitation of minors.

Joe Francis was also ordered to pay a $500,000 fine as part of a plea deal he made with the U.S. Department of Justice in September.

Under the deal, Francis acknowledged he included footage of two drunken, underage girls shot in Florida in the videos.

Last month, a federal judge in Panama City, Florida ordered Francis' Santa Monica-based company, Mantra Films to pay a $1.6 million fine for featuring in its videos two 17-year-olds who were filmed on Panama City Beach during spring break in 2003.


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