MORGAN COUNTY, Ind. - Hard2Find Videos owner Loren Jay Adams was released from Marion County jail on his own recognizance last Friday following his arrest on federal obscenity charges. In an exclusive interview with AVN, Adams revealed details of the three videos seized by the FBI during the bust.
"Two of them were bestiality videos, and one of them was a fisting video," Adams told AVN. "I did not produce these; I did not make them. These are videos I've acquired over the years through trading."
Federal agents ordered copies of the three DVDs from Adams' website XXXHard2FindVideos.com in February, requesting that the videos be sent via the U.S. postal service to an address in Martinsburg, West Virginia. A federal grand jury used that transaction to indict Adams on charges of distributing obscene materials through the mail.
"The way I'm looking at it, at the very least it's entrapment," Adams said. "I have a disclaimer on the front page of the website that says the user certifies that this stuff is legal where the user is located, that they are over 18 and that the user takes responsibility for the material. They [the government] are venue shopping; they want to prosecute people in West Virginia where they think it will be considered obscene."
FBI agents arrested Adams on Thursday at a friend's home in Morgan County, Ind. According to Adams, the agents had showed up at the property five days earlier claiming they wanted to buy a truck he had for sale.
"I bought a one-ton truck from somebody who was hard up for some money, and it was sitting out at the end of the property," he said. "Well, these undercover people come to look at the truck like they're interested in it - they take it out for a test-drive and then they leave. Five days later, they come back and say they're going to buy it. A van and an SUV pull up in the driveway - I'm getting my key to the truck and they say I'm under arrest. 'Put your hands on the car'...I don't own this place and nothing is in my name, so basically they had to come on to somebody else's property to arrest me."
Adams maintains he's done nothing wrong, pointing to other websites that sell the same type of material without legal consequences.
"It's my position that [bestiality] is not obscene," Adams said. "This stuff is readily available worldwide; anybody with a computer can get it. So it certainly conforms to the community standards of the internet. There are other sites that have been selling it longer than I have. Why aren't they in jail? This isn't like prostitution or armed robbery; there is no statute on the books that says selling bestiality videos is illegal. And unlike the other companies that deal this stuff, I don't send unsolicited emails to people. They have to go to a specific website, read the disclaimer, the whole nine yards - you have to jump through several hoops to order anything from my site."
Adams told AVN that he has been trading porn videos for 15 years and only began selling them based on demand from other collectors who had nothing to offer in return. Although he does produce occasional amateur "cream-pie" videos for his site creampieMILFsluts.com, he stresses that none of the animal movies sold at Hard2Find videos are his own work.
"I make cream pie videos and stuff, but I don't pay anybody - I'm not under the same porn laws," he said. "I make amateur videos - it's no different than 'Girls Gone Wild' or the Paris Hilton tape. There's no prostitution in my videos. Those people did it for free - the girls had a fantasy and the guys wanted to do it. That's the only stuff I produce. The animal [videos] is just stuff I acquired- not stuff I make."
This isn't the first time Adams has run afoul of the law over his collection of animal movies. He carries a previous conviction for selling bestiality videos in the state of Indiana in 2002 and served two months in Marion County jail for the offense.
"In 2002, when I was arrested for the very same thing here in Marion County, they gave me back the materials when the case was finally adjudicated," Adams said. "They still have property room stickers from the jail on them to this day. So, that makes for an interesting question: I'm selling material returned to me. After my last little run-in, I stopped selling it in the state of Indiana. Now, they're using the postal law to get me for distribution of obscenity using the mail."
The government's Obscenity Prosecution Task Force recently indicted Evil Angel and owner John Stagliano on similar charges in Washington, D.C. But Adams has a much tougher case to fight than Stagliano and company.
"It's the same test, but obviously a much more difficult case," noted First Amendment attorney Paul Cambria told AVN. "Not that they haven't been won in the past. It can be defended, and they're not impossible to win. My former partner won one in New York City about 20 years ago involving a German shepherd. I remember the case: 'Every Dog Has A Bone.'"
Adams is scheduled to appear in court in Martinsburg on June 12. He is represented in the state of Indiana by attorney William E. Marsh and is currently seeking legal counsel to represent him in West Virginia.