Arizona Radio Station Tells Listeners How To Hide Their Child Porn

"I feel sorry for the people caught with [child porn] who are in life in prison as a result," said the station's owner and operator.

Arizona radio station CAVE 97.7FM has apparently been airing a public service announcement that gives tips on how to hide child pornography for two years. The station's small area of coverage meant that not many people heard the PSA, and no one had actually reported it until recently.

According to CNN, through "public service mesage," the station advises listeners to store their child pornography on a specific type of hardware and then "hide it where nobody will ever find it." The station similarly offers tips on how to avoid arrest.

Since being reported the announcement has not been played. NPR adds that businesses have begun pulling their advertisements from the station.

"I've discussed it with the Sheriff. Based on what is in the PSA, even though it's incredibly disturbing and personally offensive and professionally offensive to me, the reality is the comments he made are rather firmly protected by the First Amendment," said Cochise County Attorney Brian McIntyre. "It's weird [that no one heard it] ... We are a smaller county though, and the time of its airing was between midnight and 2 a.m. and there's not a lot of people awake in Benson at that time."

"[The PSA] does not advocate possession of child pornography or reproduction of child pornography. And I know the question you're going to ask -- no, I don't have any of that stuff. I don't have any use for it," said Paul Lotsof, the station's owner and operator, who recorded the message. He claims he's been playing the announcement in order "to call attention to Arizona's extreme laws for child pornography and to try and keep people out of life in prison just for possessing pictures."

"I don't think the law on the books has to do with whether this material is produced or not. There is clearly some market for it and it will be produced. It's sort of like drugs in Arizona -- it's a felony to possess marijuana, but it's not like marijuana isn't going to be grown here," he continued. "I am not an advocate for [child pornography]. I'm not interested in it and I am against the production of it ... but I feel sorry for the people caught with it who are in life in prison as a result. Those people are the real victims and their families. If all of this prevented one person from spending life in prison, then it's worth it."

"[T]he reality is that if there wasn't a market for this, if people didn't make the choice to consume it, then we would see an end to it," responded Mcintyre. "And when he talks about the real victims, the real victims are the girl who has to spend the rest of her life wondering every time she walks through the grocery store and someone takes a second look at her, 'Has he seen my pictures?' Those are the victims, and so that's why if you are a consumer -- regardless of being a producer of this -- in Arizona people like me frankly will seek to put you in prison for the rest of your life."

Lotsof may not face any kind of penalty for his actions, considering that despite their reprehensibility, they might be totally legal. "The FCC has yet to reach any conclusion," said Will Wiquist, a deputy press secretary with the FCC. "Consumers should continue to file complaints if they have concerns about this and we will review them."

"Based on the information that we have, he is someone talking about his disagreement with the law. That doesn't equate to probable cause to believe that he is presently engaged in possessing the stuff he's talking about, and that's where the First Amendment comes in," McIntyre added. "The First Amendment really does protect us all, even the ones we don't want to protect."

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