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A Web star faces charges of online pedophilia

Patrick Naughton understood, and trusted, computers. The blond, classically handsome 34-year-old was a devoted techie from the moment in high school when he designed an application that mapped out his parents' restaurant. He was one of the early Web warriors, an engineer who helped develop the software language Java before eventually heading technology at Infoseek. He later caught the attention of Disney chief Michael Eisner, who tapped him to oversee the company's new Internet portal. So when Naughton logged on to a chat room called "dad&daughtersex" last March, he probably thought he was safe. After all, this was his domain.


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