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NEW YORK (AP) -- A woman accused of having sex with her boyfriend inside St. Patrick's Cathedral as part of a radio show stunt was sentenced to five days of community service.

Loretta Lynn Harper, 36, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on Thursday.

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Harper and Brian Florence were arrested in August 2002 after a police officer listening to the "Opie and Anthony Show" heard producer Paul Mercurio say on the air that he was speaking on a cell phone while watching the couple copulate in the cathedral.

Florence, 38, died of a heart attack in September. Mercurio, 43, pleaded guilty earlier in the day to disorderly conduct. The judge ordered him to perform seven days of community service.

The stunt, part of a regular feature in which couples could win prizes for having sex in public places, resulted in WNEW-FM firing DJs Greg "Opie" Hughes and Anthony Cumia and a $357,000 fine against Infinity Broadcasting.

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