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Feds Give "Toilet Man 6" Two Hands Up

Bush administration obscenity crackdown nets fetish film kingpin

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Feds Give "Toilet Man 6" Two Hands Up

SEPTEMBER 7--In what appears to be a Department of Justice first, federal officials today included the word 'bukkake' in a press release announcing the arrest of a Brazilian man for allegedly distributing obscene material.

According to federal prosecutors, Danilo Simoes Croce, 42, operated web sites offering 'obscene videos for download or delivery in the U.S.. The videos depicted bukkake, fisting, and depictions of defecation, urination, and vomiting in conjunction with sex acts.' The Sao Paulo man was arrested yesterday in Florida, where he was charged with conspiracy to distribute obscene material, a felony carrying a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $150,000 fine.

In a revoltingly detailed criminal complaint, postal inspector Linda Walker provides a shot-by-shot description of some of the films purchased from Croce's sites by undercover investigators, who have been targeting the operation for more than three years. Some of titles carefully reviewed by Inspector Walker were 'Toilet Man 6,' 'Bukkake 3,' and 'Scat Pleasures,' according to the complaint, excerpts of which you'll find below.

In the Croce document, Walker also includes a brief 'background on fetish-type' films, in case readers (like, say, a square U.S. magistrate judge) were unfamiliar with terms such as 'fisting.'

The Croce case is the latest major prosecution brought as a result of the Bush administration's initiative against hard-core pornography. In a communication last year to the FBI's 56 field offices, the anti-obscenity campaign was described as 'one of the top priorities' of Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez and FBI Director Robert Mueller. (9 pages)