I so wanted to include this piece in Best Sex Writing 2009

…but couldn’t get the rights to it. I still think it’s brilliant.

Cover of The Hook

It’s called “Virginia is for… puritans: The fight over sex, nudity, and the First Amendment” and is by Lindsay Barnes, and it ties together porn busts, teenage PDAs, Abercrombie & Fitch, The Sex Workers Art Show and more, keeping it all local and focused and asking bigger questions about why these sex crackdowns are happening in Virginia:

Meanwhile, prosecutor Robertson said that multiple trials were not only necessary, but more practical.

“My thoughts are that I would be totally disgusted and sickened, and upset with somebody if I were a juror having to watch all this,” he said. “This way, it’s only four hours, and they’ll definitely get an idea of it.”

Robertson admits he has watched all 24 hours of porn the police purchased, and has not been shy about offering explicit description. In December he told the Hook, “I’m going after things like double penetrating women, slamming them in both orifices, multiple strangers ejaculating on the faces of women.” In January he said, “In just about every one of these things, you’ll see one guy inserting his penis into a woman’s vagina, and another guy inserting his penis into her anus, and then that guy puts it in her mouth, again, and again, and again.”

Asked why he speaks of the case in such graphic detail, Robertson said, “Why not? You need to know what you’re dealing with. Nobody’s attempting to gross anybody out. The jury is going to be required to look at it, and people need to know what this is.”

As for what will happen to the other 18 obscenity counts if Krial and Tinsley are acquitted in the first trial, Robertson said, “I’m not going to give up after one.”

Robertson is not the only prosecutor trying After Hours. Matthew Buzzelli is a member of the federal Obscenity Prosecution Task Force whose services are on loan to Robertson from the Justice Department. While the federal government has no jurisdiction, the Justice Department volunteered Buzzelli, he says, because of Staunton’s relative proximity to Washington.


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