Saturday, April 22, 2000

Officials want accused service station closed

Prosecutor: Store sold obscene videos

BY Sheila McLaughlin
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — The Warren County Prosecutor's Office wants to shut down a Deerfield Township service station. It says its employees sold obscene videos to an investigator in February.

        Assistant Prosecutor Mike Powell sued the Mason Montgomery Marathon this week asking a judge to rule that four videos are obscene and that the business at 9751 Mason Montgomery Road is a nuisance.

        An investigator for the prosecutor's office, acting on two complaints in the past year, bought the videos — including the titles Dirty Darlings, Wet Shower Sex and Petite and Sweet — on Feb. 23 and Feb. 28, Mr. Powell said Friday.

        A court date has not been set. The owners of the business have 28 days to file an answer to the complaint. They could not be reached for comment Friday.

        Mr. Powell said the prosecutor's office files at least one obscenity suit a year.

        “I don't think it's a big problem. If it was, we'd be getting more complaints. I think we keep it from getting to be a big problem. When we get legitimate complaints, we pursue them,” Mr. Powell said.

        He said many of the lawsuits are resolved by consent decrees in which the stores agree to stop selling or renting pornographic videos so they can remain in business.


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