For Immediate Release
Unlicensed Contractor Sting Operation
May 9, 2007
“Adult Material” Sting Operation
Consumer Affairs Commissioner Roger C. Bogsted today announced a crackdown on the display and sale of pornographic material to underage children.
In a joint operation, The Office of Consumer Affairs and the Nassau County Police Department’s 5th Precinct targeted over a dozen stores in Nassau County. The stores were known to prominently display pornographic magazines and videos in violation of local law. In some stores, shoppers were forced to walk past a wall of pornography to access the refrigerated milk, juice, and soda.
“There will be zero tolerance for convenience stores that sell so-called ‘adult material’ to the children of Nassau County,” Bogsted said. “This is a very important issue, and we will not allow unscrupulous store owners to place our kids in jeopardy. In one case, a sales clerk sold a pornographic magazine to a young boy even after he told the clerk that he was only 15.
In total, the operation yielded 3 arrests for selling adult material to a minor, 1 arrest for selling alcohol to 2 minors, and 3 summonses for Unconscionable Trade Practices totaling $3500. Summonses were also issued to 11 stores for the Improper Display of Adult Material resulting in fines of $5500.
Contact: James Reed
County of Nassau, Office of Consumer Affairs
The Office of Consumer Affairs’ vision, in partnership with the citizens and businesses of Nassau County, and federal, state, and local enforcement agencies, is to eliminate fraudulent business practices; protect the county and its citizens; strengthen the County’s economic base; engender community and business trust; expand community outreach; and enhance the quality of life of the Nassau County Community.