Two Men Charged With Obscenity

Gretchen Gallen
MONTANA – One of two men charged with distributing obscene videos pleaded guilty this week in U.S. District Court. Thomas W. Lambert is facing a nine-count indictment for selling and shipping rape and sodomy videotapes via a catalog business.

Lambert's partner, Sanford Wasserman, is scheduled for an arraignment in mid-April, and Lambert has since been released without bond pending a trial date.

The two men allegedly made upwards of $400,000 selling the videos, titled "Physically Raped,'' "Anything Goes,'' "Rape and Sodomize." Their customer base was spread out nationwide, say authorities, and tapes were sent through Federal Express and the U.S. Postal Service.

The two partners ran their business from 1998 to 2002 under several bogus company names, including Pet Tec, the PT Company, Digital Technology, New Technology, Brightstar, LeMons, Mount Venus and Princeton.

They are both charged with one conspiracy count, six counts of transportation of obscene material, one money-laundering count and a forfeiture count, The Gazette reports. The maximum sentence could be up to 20 years along with a $500,000 fine each. They also face an additional sentence of five years and another fine for conspiracy and transportation charges.

If convicted, the two partners will also be forced to forfeit all property belonging to their business.

According to The Gazette, the case will be heard by U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull. A date has not yet been set.