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Benson radio station removes child pornography announcement

Tuscon.com – by Paul Davenport

An oldies country music radio station east of Tucson serving a rural Arizona area that aired a public service announcement for two years telling people how to hide potential evidence in child pornography cases has stopped doing so after advertisers received threats, the station’s owner said Wednesday

KAVV-FM owner Paul Lotsof said in an interview that he does not like child pornography but created the announcement because he thinks Arizona’s 10-year minimum sentence for each image of child porn is too harsh and costly for taxpayers.

“Nobody put me up to it, and nobody paid,” he said. “My feeling is that these people don’t deserve life in prison just because they have pictures of naked juveniles.”

But recent public comment about the announcement was “99.9 percent” negative and some radio station advertisers received threats, he said. The signal of the radio station from the city of Benson beams across a wide area that stretches toward the Mexico border.

The announcement described Arizona’s tough penalties for possession of child pornography and then provided advice on how to avoid convictions.

It said: “If you have such material, you can save yourselves and your family a ton of grief and save the taxpayers a lot of money by never storing such pictures on the hard drive of your computer. Always use an external drive and hide it where nobody will ever find it. Likewise, never keep paper pictures, tapes or films of naked juveniles where anybody else can find them.”

The announcement drew the attention of local law enforcement officials, with Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannells calling it “disgusting and unacceptable” and encouraging “evil behavior.”

But Cochise County Attorney Brian McIntyre said it was protected by the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment safeguarding free speech.

“This individual just happens to have a platform that maybe others don’t and is advocating beliefs that are personally repugnant to me,” McIntyre said.

The Federal Communications Commission, which regulates U.S. public airwaves, received a handful of complaints about the announcement, said spokesman Will Wiquist.

U.S. radio stations are required to air public service announcements in the interest of community service.

The commission does not impose requirements or restrictions on the announcements’ content, said commission spokeswoman Janice Wise.

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5 Responses to Benson radio station removes child pornography announcement

  1. Frank Face says:

    Pretty bold giving advice to Cho-Mo’s, this looks like testing the waters to me, it wouldn’t surprise me if there is a click of sickos out that way potentially even holding office or other positions of power.
    No quarter for child molesters, do em prison if need be and stomp some skulls.

  2. Martist says:

    The name paul lotsof should speak volumes. ..

  3. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “But recent public comment about the announcement was “99.9 percent” negative and some radio station advertisers received threats, he said.”

    Only RECENT???

    “… aired a public service announcement for two years telling people how to hide potential evidence in child pornography cases…”

    Either virtually NO ONE ever listened to that station, OR… ‘see something, say something’ finally caught up to it.

  4. wasntme says:

    His intentions are not pure. It’s one thing to disagree with the law, it another to give tips to keep pedophiles from getting caught. I’m sure the kids appreciate it. He’s got more skin in the game than what he’s admitting.

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