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Hustler Publisher Flynt Indicted

April 7, 1998

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Hustler publisher Larry Flynt was indicted today on a total of 15 counts, including pandering obscenity, in the city where he was convicted of the same charge in 1977 for distributing the magazine.

Flynt and brother Jimmy both were charged with nine counts of pandering obscenity, three counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, two counts of conspiracy to engage in a pattern of corrupt activity and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters said in a news conference.

Deters said the Flynts are charged with selling an obscene videotape to a 14-year-old boy in Flynt’s downtown store. He said they also are accused of a pattern of selling materials Deters said are obscene in Ohio.

Flynt’s 1977 conviction was thrown out on appeal and he was never retried. He opened a downtown Cincinnati store in October and has challenged law enforcement authorities since then by selling Hustler, adult videos, sex toys and mainstream publications at the store.

He has repeatedly told reporters in recent months that he wants a trial on obscenity charges, because he believes that a jury today would find that Hustler does not violate community obscenity standards. He said that being cleared in such a trial would make it easier for him to persuade other Cincinnati retailers to sell Hustler.

Deters said he did not know when a trial would occur.

The maximum penalty, if the brothers were convicted of all charges, would be 24 years in prison. The charges also are punishable by probation.

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