WHAT PART OF 'ADULT BOOKSTORE' DON'T THESE COCKSUCKERS UNDERSTAND!?!?
Police seize pornography from business
Three employees arrested during search at Widener Jct.
By TAMARA JOHNSON
Three employees of an adult store in Widener were arrested Wednesday morning when police served a search warrant on the business and seized several items considered pornographic.
The St. Francis County Sheriff's Department arrested Larona K. McClurg, 35, of Palestine; Jodie N. Stidham, 19, of Palestine and Larry Wayne Stokes, 18, of Heth, on one count each of selling obscene films when Adult World at the Widener Junction was raided about 9 a.m.
The arrests stemmed from an extensive investigation conducted during the past several months by the sheriff's department, working in conjunction with the prosecuting attorney's office, and with the assistance of the Arkansas State Police, Drug Task Force and Wheatley Police Department.
Adult World opened late last year at the Widener Junction. Prosecuting Attorney Fletcher Long said, "The reason for the lapse in time is that we wanted to get our information and make the necessary purchases to make the case against the people we did arrest," he said.
"We know they're selling films and we know they're bad. There are more elements we have to prove than just knowing," Long said. "Knowing something and proving it are two different things."
The business is not officially closed, but Long said his office will take the necessary steps to ensure that those violating the law are arrested. "We're dealing with the First Amendment here. We can't just go out there and say we've got these three films and everything out there is pornography. That analysis will not work. We must prove it's porn in its entirety," Long said.
SFC Chief Investigator Glenn Ramsey said about 50 items were seized from the business, including films, novelties and business records.
"In order for something to be pornography, it has to be pornographic in its entirety," Long said when questioned about the sale of adult magazines at local convenience stores. "When you buy a magazine, in addition to the obscene pictures, you also find stories and other things."
The three arrested were employees, not owners of the business. "They are employees of somebody somewhere because without them, obviously there would not be this place out there," Long said. "We don't have the authority to shut some place down. If criminal activity occurs, we can do something about that."
"We have no intention of letting someone go back out there and do what they were doing before without there being consequences," Long said. "If people want to go back out there and start doing the same things they were doing, it will be another felony violation. Felonies usually get expensive.
"The problem we have is people who actually own these things are not stupid. We've been able to identify one owner who is in Florida. The legal entities set up to own and operate these things are Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs) and are not Arkansas companies," Long said.
The three arrested were scheduled to be arraigned in St. Francis County District Court this afternoon. Each was freed Wednesday afternoon after posting a $10,000 bail.