Monday, June 6, 2011

Polk County couple arrested for homemade porn

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Kimberly Kupps Website
  • Kimberly Kupps' Website
For as much as I write about porn, I am amazingly ignorant when it comes to the legalities of filming and distributing x-rated content online. All I really know is that there is something about the act of photographing explicit content that protects sex-for-profit acts between consenting adults under the First Amendment, or so I thought. The arrest of a Polk County couple for making and distributing sex videos has me baffled as to the legality of shooting porn in Florida.

Lakeland's TheLedger.com reported that Theresa Taylor (aka Kimberly Kupps), 55, and her husband, Warren Taylor, 58, were arrested Friday night after a three month investigation of adult content the couple allegedly produced at their Lake Wales home.

Theresa Taylor, AKA Kimberly Kupps
  • Theresa Taylor, AKA Kimberly Kupps
During the investigation, a detective paid $19.95 to access kimberlykupps.com, which features videos of Theresa Taylor having sex with a variety of partners and offering to sell clothes from her scenes. The videos were uploaded and hosted by clips4sale.com, a major hub for amateur porn.

County Judge Reinaldo Ojeda ruled that the videos were obscene under Florida law. Both Warren and Theresa were charged with several misdemeanor counts of wholesale promotion and distribution of obscene content. Theresa was also charged with the felony of wholesale promotion of obscene content. Interestingly enough, the prosecutors used Theresa's tweets as evidence against her.

Warren Taylor
  • Warren Taylor
While I may just not have all the facts, from the accounts I've read there seems to be nothing inherently illegal about the sex acts the couple filmed: no minors, no forced sex, no animals (though this is still technically legal in Florida)... So what exactly was the couple's crime? Were they filming in a county that has a stricter definition of what constitutes obscenity? And what implications does this case have for Floridans who offer x-rated webcam sessions?

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