Felony charges filed in pride parade's gay porn case

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July 22 2004 11:00 PM ET

Prosecutors filed felony charges Wednesday against two radio station personalities accused of giving a sexually explicit DVD to a teenager at a gay rights parade in Conway, Ark., last month. Philip Beard, known on the air as Phlip Satchel, and Chris Brown were charged with two counts each of possession and/or attempting to give away obscene material, Faulkner County prosecutors said. The pair had worked at KABZ 103.7 FM, based in Little Rock. Signal Media, the station's owner, said previously that the pair no longer worked at the station. It was unclear whether the two quit or were fired. Arrest warrants were issued for the pair, who face one to five years in prison and $2,000 in fines.

Gay rights advocates held a parade in Conway on June 27. Television video showed a man identified as Satchel wearing a black Speedo-style swimsuit and announcing to the crowd that the DVDs included pornographic material. Police were notified after a teenager received one of the DVDs. Parade
organizers filed the complaint that led to the charges. Satchel's morning show was taken off the air and replaced by a syndicated sports show.

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