Thursday, January 25, 2001

Merchants concede magazines obscene

They say they'll stop selling them

By Terry Flynn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NEWPORT — The owners of Big Daddy's Liquor Store have admitted that some magazines they sold were obscene and agreed not to offer the magazines again to avoid a trial on charges of distributing obscene matter.

        Campbell County Attorney Justin Verst said Wednesday that the terms of the agreed order, signed by Campbell District Judge Karen Thomas, were significant because the store owners officially recognized that the magazines named in the charges were obscene under Kentucky law.

        Mr. Verst also issued a warning to other retailers in the county who might be selling or thinking about selling similar adult magazines.

        “I am not aware of any other stores in Campbell County carrying these magazines or any other magazines with similar graphic sexual content and character,” he said. “If there are, I strongly recommend that the magazines be voluntarily removed.”

        He also called upon citizens in the county to notify his office or their local police department if they see any magazines with strong sexual content being offered in stores.

        Big Daddy's owners Dineshbhai H. Patel and Jitendrakumar Patel signed the order admitting that 10 magazines purchased from their store by Newport police were obscene, but denied having any prior knowledge of the obscene nature of the magazines.

        The magazines that resulted in the charges are Hustler, Swank, Club, Cheri, Score, Hawk, High Society, Gent, Live Young Girls and Fox.

        Most of the same titles resulted in obscenity charges last October against the Dairy Mart store in Alexandria. Lawson Co. of Dublin, Ohio, owner of the Alexandria store and two other Dairy Mart stores in Newport, agreed to remove the magazines from all its stores and not offer them for sale again.

        However, Lawson dis- agreed with Mr. Verst as to the obscenity of the magazines and indicated it was removing the magazines as a business decision to avoid a trial.

        Mr. Verst said the magazines purchased at Big Daddy's violated Kentucky's obscenity law because they involve graphic depictions of various forms of sexual conduct and not mere nudity.


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