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Jackson 01/30/08

Adult Store Caught Selling Illegal Sex Toys

By Kandiss Crone

Adult Video and Books on McDowell Road in Jackson is apparently selling illegal sex toys again.

Jackson police raided the store at least two times last year after an undercover sting. Three people were arrested and several boxes of sex toys were seized.

A "3 on Your Side" undercover investigation shows that the business is back at it again and is not even discreet about selling the devices.

Reporter Kandiss Crone walked into the store and said, "Hi, I'm going to a bachelorette party. I'm looking for a sex toy."

After looking over the stock, Kandiss said, "Can I have that purple one?"

As soon as the sale was completed, our team walked back into the store to confront owner Charles Hobby -- this time with cameras rolling.

Kandiss: "Hi, Charles, I'm Kandiss Crone from WLBT. I understand this business was raided for selling sex toys illegally. I just purchased this sex toy, and it is still illegal to sell them in the state of Mississippi. Even though you were raided last year and you're still selling them, what is your response to that?"

Hobby: "Where did you buy it at?"

Kandiss: "I bought it here. I just walked in about five minutes ago and I bought this. Don't you know it's illegal to sell these?

Hobby: "That's not one of the required items listed as being prohibited."

But in fact, it is. Section 97 of Mississippi State Law prohibits the sale of such 3-dimensional devices like the one we were sold.

Hobby: "That's not a sex toy"

Kandiss: "What would you call this then? It's a personal vibrator."

Hobby: "It can be put on your arm, your neck, your leg if it's hurting or anything. It's just a vibrator."

JPD Assistant Chief Lee Vance issued the following statement:

"The adult store is not a priority for our vice and narcotics officers. We will do the best we can. Citizens would rather see us using our resources to get drugs and prostitutes off our streets and work to decrease violent crime. "

Selling the devices is a misdemeanor charge. If the person is convicted, they could be fined up to five-thousand dollars and could face six months in jail.

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