LONG BEACH, Calif. — Nearing an official March 8 release date, Ira Isaacs has left federal lockup in Anthony, Texas, where he spent much of the past three years, and has moved on to a halfway house in San Pedro, Calif.
Isaacs was the last U.S. filmmaker to be convicted on “obscenity” charges.
Recently, Isaacs was moved to the halfway house after serving time at La Tuna federal prison in Anthony — the same one that housed former adult filmmaker Rob Black and current adult producer Max Hardcore after they were convicted on obscenity charges.
Isaacs was one of a handful of pornographers who were prosecuted initially during the Bush administration.
While the Obama administration declined to file any “obscenity” cases during its eight years, it did allow several cases initiated prior to 2009 to continue, including Isaacs’ case and the trial against Evil Angel and John Stagliano in 2010.
Isaacs, who spent six years defending against “obscenity” charges in three trials (two were mistrials), eventually was convicted on five counts by a jury in Los Angeles. He turned himself in to federal correctional officials in 2014.
He was convicted for the mail 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 but shaved six months off his sentence after entering into a drug-diversion program.