A Riverdale video store owner has been charged with selling pornographic movies in violation of a state law.
Three complaints filed in 2nd Circuit Court accuse Brad F. Wilmot, owner of Toad Video, of distributing movies that fit the state's definition of pornography.Violation of the law is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail. There are minimum mandatory penalties of seven days in jail and a $100 fine plus $10 for each item found pornographic.
Wilmot, 36, is scheduled for a non-jury trial July 26. He declined to discuss the charges.
Weber County Deputy Attorney Les Daroczi said the tapes involved are "unadulterated filth" with no socially redeeming value. They should not be available for sale, Daroczi said after viewing the films.
However, Robyn Blumner, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Utah, disagreed.
"The First Amendment protects all speech regardless of content," she said.
Riverdale Police Chief Glenn Clary says the videotapes show group sex, lesbianism and close-up scenes of various sexual acts.
Wilmot is accused of selling two of the movies May 18 and one June 1 to a Roy man acting as an agent for Riverdale police.