"Kid Porn' Films Found in Grove

Judy Fossett Published: March 9, 1984
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A search at the home of a Grove man accused of mailing a "child porn" videotape to an undercover officer turned up nine additional tapes but no evidence they had been filmed in the area or even in the United States, a federal prosecutor said Thursday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Keith Ward said the search came after Dan Bartlett Clark, 47, allegedly mailed a tape to a postal inspector in New York in November.

Ward said a "majority" of the nine tapes found at Clark's home were of the "child porn" variety. He said "child porn" movies are rarely made in the United States.

The prosecutor said he is prohibited from discussing details of the government's evidence in the pending charge and would not say how the New York postal inspector became involved with Clark.

However, Ward did say there are apparently a large number of "child porn" collectors who circulate videotapes among themselves free of charge. Postal inspectors occasionally nab a collector by advertising interest in such films in video magazines, Ward said.

The prosecutor explained the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1982 that "child porn," unlike other forms of pornography, isn't covered by First Amendment protections. Mailing photographs or films of children engaged in sexual acts is punishable by a $5,000 fine and 5-year prison sentence.

Oklahoma laws forbid the possession of such materials, Ward said. No state charges are expected in this case, the prosecutor added.

Clark appeared Thursday before U.S. Dist. Judge James Ellison, who set bail at $5,000. BIOG: NAME:

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