Owners of Adult Catalog Business Are Sentenced

Rhett Pardon
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has announced that an Ohio couple who ran an adult-content catalog business have been sentenced to prison on charges of mailing and transporting obscene material.

A Justice Department official told XBiz that the couple, Ronald and Alina Urbassik, ran a Cleveland, Ohio, business called Goosebump Graphics and had offered for sale hundreds of videotapes and DVDs involving sado-masochism, defecation, urination and bestiality.

The Urbassiks pleaded guilty in July to conspiring to engage in the business of selling or transferring obscene, mailing obscene matter through the U.S. Mail and engaging in the business of selling or transferring obscene matter.

They were indicted on seven charges that weighed “community standards” of obscenity, the Justice Department official told XBiz.

Judge Paul R. Matia of the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Ohio sentenced Ronald Urbassik to 12 months and one day in prison, along with a $3,000 fine. Alina Urbassik was sentenced to four months in prison.

The sentencing is the second this week related to federal obscenity charges.

A federal judge in Charleston, W. Va., sentenced Harold Foote Hoffman, of Nitro, W. Va., in connection with his guilty plea to charges of using the U.S. Postal Service for the delivery of obscene matter, which included depictions of sexual acts involving defecation and bestiality.

Hoffman was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment