Friday, January 12, 2001

Adult titles found at liquor store


Campbell continues crackdown

By Terry Flynn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NEWPORT — For the second time in four months, a Campbell County store has been charged with distribution of obscene matter for allegedly selling a variety of adult magazines.

        Campbell County Attorney Justin Verst said the misdemeanor charges against two corporations that operate Big Daddy's Liquor Store, 401 Central Ave., were the direct result of similar charges in October against a Dairy Mart in Alexandria.

        “After the magazines were found in the Dairy Mart store, we learned that the same magazines were sold at the Dairy Mart in Newport,” Mr. Verst said. “We sent letters to every police department in the county asking them to check the retail stores in their cities. Newport Police Lt. Pat Moore discovered the magazines being sold at Big Daddy's.”

        Many of the magazine titles are the same as those removed from the Dairy Mart stores, including Cheri, Swank, High Society, Hawk and Gent. Mr. Verst said Hustler was found at Big Daddy's but not at the Dairy Mart stores.

        The criminal complaint charges that the magazines depict obscene material consisting of graphic scenes of sexual intercourse, deviant sexual intercourse and other sexual conduct, in violation of state law.

        In the Dairy Mart case, the owners avoided a trial by agreeing to remove all the magazines from the shelves of both stores and promising not to offer them again.

        Mr. Verst said he had been talking with the attorney representing the Big Daddy's owners, OHMKAR Inc. and SHOHAM Inc., in hopes of reaching a similar agreement.

        “The arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 24 (in Campbell District Court), but I believe we can come to an agreement,” Mr. Verst said. “Our interest is to keep the magazines out of the stores.”

        Attempts by the Enquirer to reach the owners of Big Daddy's for comment were unsuccessful.

       



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