Charges of distributing pornographic films have been filed against employees and the owner of two video stores.
According to court documents filed in 3rd Circuit Court Friday, Gary Barnes, 36, the owner of Video Time shops at 110 N. Ninth West and 1690 W. 90th South, West Jordan, was charged with 12 counts of distributing a pornographic film, a Class A misdemeanor.Four employees were also charged in one or more counts of the same charge. Dawn Graham, 20; Ken Tisor, 18; Debra Gehrke, 19; and Carla Humes, 42, are all charged. If found guilty they could be required to pay $1,000 fines or spend one year in jail for each criminal count.
The complaint says that the stores rented several obscene films during March and April. The films contain explicit sexual behavior, the probable cause statement says.
The films were confiscated from the stores April 28 by members of the Salt Lake Police and West Jordan Police vice squads before they removed the feature film "Cafe Flesh" from the Blue Mouse Theater, 260 E. First South.
The charges come after a nine-month undercover smut sting operation in Salt Lake County.