'Girls Gone Wild' Gets Community Service In Underage Video Case

Panama City, Fla. (AP) -- The founder of the "Girls Gone Wild" video empire has been sentenced to community service for his company's guilty plea in failing to monitor the ages of the women in its videos.

The company, Mantra Films, has also agreed to pay $1.6 million in fines for using drunken 17-year-olds in videos it filmed on Panama City Beach during spring break.

The company also didn't properly label its DVDs and videos as required by federal law.

The judge has ordered company founder Joe Francis and three other officials to each perform eight monthly hours of community service for the next 30 months.

The company must also issue a news release about its federal offenses and publish it in five newspapers, including the News Herald of Panama City.

The judge says he added the community service because it did not appear a fine would be a meaningful punishment.

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