ANTHONY, Texas — Ira Isaacs, the fetish filmmaker convicted four years ago on obscenity charges by a Los Angeles jury for the mail distribution of scat and bestiality titles, is scheduled to be released from federal prison in six months.
Isaacs currently is incarcerated at La Tuna Federal Correctional Institution in Anthony, Texas, located 12 miles north of El Paso.
He is due to be released from La Tuna by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons on March 8.
Isaacs was convicted of five felony obscenity charges at a jury trial in Los Angeles for the distribution of "Mako’s First Time Scat, " "Hollywood Scat Amateurs #7," "Hollywood Scat Amateurs #10" and "Japanese Doggie 3 Way." He was subsequently sentenced to four years in federal prison.
Two earlier trials resulted in mistrial — one because of publicity surrounding the judge’s own website and another due to a hung jury.
Isaacs, 65, all along said that his fetish videos were “shock art” and shouldn’t be considered obscene.
He spent six years defending against obscenity charges and was one of a handful of pornographers who were prosecuted initially during the Bush Administration.
While the Obama Administration to this date has not filed any new obscenity cases, it did allow several cases initiated prior to 2009 to continue, including the eventual acquittal of Evil Angel's John Stagliano in 2010.
La Tuna federal prison was the same one that housed former adult filmmaker Rob Black and current adult producer Max Hardcore after they were convicted on obscenity charges. The facility has an average of 900 inmates.
Black, the former operator of Extreme Associates, served 10 months after pleading guilty to obscenity charges over seven tapes. His wife, Lizzy Borden, also was incarcerated. Both were released in 2010.
Hardcore served 30 months on federal counts of distributing obscene materials in over the internet and through the mail. He was released in 2011.
Isaacs originally was scheduled to be released on Jan. 5, 2018, but he shaved off some prison time after entering a drug-diversion program.
After serving his sentence on March 8, Isaacs will be subject to three years of supervised release.
Pictured: Ira Isaacs