Adult performer Kimberly Kupps and her husband both agreed to a plea deal after falling victim to obscenity charges.
A Florida circuit court accepted the negotiated no contest plea, adjudicating the pair guilty of a single misdemeanor offense and imposing a fine of $325. All remaining misdemeanor counts, along with the felony charge, were dismissed,
pursuant to the plea agreement.
Cameras, video recorders and financial documents seized by the Polk County, Florida, Sheriff's Office during the arrest are to be returned to the couple. Kupps was charged in July with 13 felonies for violating the distribution and sale of
obscene material and one for the wholesale promotion of obscene material for content on her website, KimberlyKupps.com.
Adult industry attorney Lawrence Walters, who defended the pair, told XBIZ:
While I believe that these charges were unwarranted and ill-conceived, I respect Theresa's decision to resolve the case in this manner, and move on with her life, Walters said. The entire prosecution was a waste of tax dollars and will have no
impact on the availability of erotic materials on the Internet.
Polk County officials are fighting a losing battle with these obscenity cases, and hopefully they will realize that sooner or later.
After Kupps was arrested, the nutter Polk County sheriff Grady Judd declared war on the production and distribution of porn in his county:
We want a wholesome community here, we don't want smut peddlers. And if they try to peddle their smut from Polk County or into Polk County we'll be on them like a cheap suit.
Polk County prosecutors have dropped all charges against an arbitrary store owner who was charged with distribution and possession of obscenity with intent to sell after detectives purchased 10 ordinary adult movies at a gas station and
convenience store in Dundee, Florida.
Minakashiben Patel was also charged with sale of drug paraphernalia, based on selling Detox brand energy drink. Those charges were dismissed early on.
A dult industry attorneys Lawrence Walters and Corey Silverstein, represented the victim, Patel, and worked together to strike a deal with the county persecutors. Walters reported:
Ms. Patel agreed to make a $2,000 donation to a drug education and prevention fund. She further agreed to abide by existing state obscenity laws and not to sue the sheriff or prosecutors as a result of the arrest.