CCV challenges DOJ to prosecute companies that distribute pornography to hotels

Press Release

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CCV Challenges DOJ to prosecute companies distributing pornography to hotels.

“White Collar Pornographers” include Liberty Media’s OnCommand and LodgeNet.

On Tuesday August 8 Citizens for Community Values (CCV), a non-profit, pro-family group based in Cincinnati, Ohio, will make public an appeal to the U.S. Department of Justice to prosecute OnCommand and LodgeNet, companies that distribute graphic, hardcore pornographic videos to many of the nation’s largest hotel chains, including Marriott and Hilton.  Below is the full-page ad that CCV will run in the Washington, D.C. and New York City editions of Tuesday’s USA Today.

“These movies clearly are prosecutable under existing federal law,” said CCV’s president, Phil Burress.  “In years past such distorted, degrading movies could only be purchased in seedy, disreputable sex shops.  Today, you can find them in many of the hotels that your family will vacation in – thanks to men like John Malone and Scott Petersen.”

Malone is Chairman of Liberty Media, parent of OnCommand.  Recently Malone and Liberty Media have been in the news due to Liberty’s bid to purchase the Atlanta Braves baseball franchise.  Petersen is President and CEO of LodgeNet.  The two companies are the largest distributors of pay-per-view movies to hotels.

Burress refers to corporate leaders such as Malone and Petersen, who profit from the distribution of pornography at the expense of the families and communities they serve, as “White Collar Pornographers.”

“It is well documented,” said Burress, “that these materials result in addictive behavior that ruins lives, destroys marriages, dismantles families, and fuels sexual crimes.  Ask your law enforcement officials!  These types of movies often are the fuel that ignites the men who become sexual predators and abuse our children and women.”

“If Malone and Petersen won’t stop distributing such dangerous filth because they care about our families and our communities, then the DOJ must prosecute.”

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court defined what was prosecutable under federal law:

“(a) patently offensive representations or descriptions of ultimate sexual acts, normal or perverted, actual or simulated:  (b) patently offensive representations or descriptions of masturbation, excretory functions, and lewd exhibition of the genitals.

“The titles of these movies alone erase any doubt that the hardcore pornography being sold by OnCommand and LodgeNet is prosecutable,” said Burress.  A list of the titles recently available from one of the companies is available through CCV’s Web site, www.ccv.org, by clicking on the USA Today ad.

“We implore the DOJ to prosecute these companies according to federal obscenity laws and put an end to the harm being done to our families, especially to our women and children.”

Burress added that there still are many hotels that do not offer pornographic pay-per-view movies.  CCV has surveyed approximately 45,000 hotels and created a Web site, www.CleanHotels.com, through which those “clean” hotels can be booked.

For a detailed copy of the ad, visit www.ccv.org.