Porn director faces charges for online distribution

A well-known director and producer of adult films has been indicted on obscenity charges for distributing his movies online and through the mail, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, in Tampa, handed down a 10-count obscenity indictment against Paul F. Little, age 50, of Altadena, California, and MaxWorld Entertainment Inc. on May 17. The charges against Little, known as Max Hardcore, were unsealed Wednesday.

Little and the company face five counts of transporting obscene matter by use of an interactive computer service and five counts of mailing obscene matter.

Little is director, producer and star of films featuring acts such as urination, vomiting and "severe violence" against actresses, the DOJ said in a press release. The indictment alleges that Little, through MaxWorld Entertainment, distributed films that met the U.S. Supreme Court’s definition of obscenity through the U.S. mail to an address Florida.

The defendants are also charged with transmitting through their Web site five obscene video clips that were promotional trailers of the full-length feature films available through MaxWorld Entertainment

Little turned himself in to authorities in California Wednesday. His arraignment is scheduled for July 12 at U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

The DOJ is seeking forfeiture of the films charged in the indictment, all profits from the distribution of the films, and all property used to facilitate the obscenity, including Little’s residence and the Internet domain names Maxhardcore.com and Catalinaxxx.com.

The Maxhardcore site, in a warning on the front page, defends its films by saying the performers "are intended to be portrayed and understood as fully consenting adults."

"Please note that these fictional accounts do not always exhibit safe sex, or the full range of real life relationships," the Web site says.

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