Thursday, May 17, 2001

Videos therapeutic, jury in porn trial told

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Elyse Metcalf told a Hamilton County jury Wednesday that she knew there would be risks involved in owning and operating a sexually oriented store in Cincinnati.

        “But in this sexually repressive climate, I didn't actually know what that risk would be,” she testified.

        On trial on a charge of pandering obscenity, Ms. Metcalf, testifying on her own behalf, said her Pendleton store is the culmination of her dreams and personal philosophies.

        “I'm not a hypocrite,” she said. “I do what I do because I want to make money. ... But this is something I believe in and I want to help people along the way.

        “I didn't intend to break the law,” she added. “I tried to work within the law this whole time.”

        Ms. Metcalf has been charged with pandering obscenity for selling three adult videos to undercover police officers.

        Jurors on Wednesday finished watching the three videos, Kitty Foxx's Aged to Perfection Vol. 15, Jeff Stryker's Underground and Gangland Vol. 17. They also heard expert testimony from a University of Cincinnati English literature professor and a forensic psychologist who counsels people having sexual problems. Both contended that the videos have artistic, educational and therapeutic merits.

        Closing arguments will begin today in Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman's courtroom.


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