Salt Lake police officers began serving warrants Friday on four magazine businesses accused of selling obscene materials.
Fifteen complaints were filed in 5th Circuit Court, charging the four stores with 54 counts of distributing pornographic materials, a Class A misdemeanor.Books Etc., 109 E. Third South, and its corporate owner, Carma Christensen, Murray, have been charged with 36 counts involving the sales of under-the-counter magazines.
The magazines were purchased last summer and fall by members of the police department's vice squad. Books Etc. has since gone out of business.
State Street Market, 616 S. State, and employees Hueng Sup Kim, Yang Ja Kim, Soung Kyu Liem and Ray C.J. Cho are charged with 15 counts involving the similar magazines. The employees sold the allegedly pornographic magazines to undercover officers in March.
Magazines and Gifts, 250 S. Main, and owner Muhammed A. Raja, have been charged with six counts of pornography distribution. Raja is accused of selling the magazines to undercover officers on March 30.
The Magazine Shop, 267 S. Main, Robert C. Nelson, president, and Donald Wayne Wycoff, an employee, have been charged with three counts in connection with the March 30 sale of a pornographic magazine to an undercover vice officer.
The criminal complaints filed against the stores say the material purchased "appeals to the prurient interest in sex" and is "patently offensive," and without "serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value."