It has been three months since the owner of a Staunton adult video store was indicted on obscenity charges. Now Tinsley Embrey, who works at the store, faces ten counts of obscenity because prosecutors say he sold pornographic videos to undercover agents.
First, owner Rick Krial was indicted on obscenity charges. Thursday, Staunton Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Robertson is going after employee Embrey.
He says, "The feds are the ones who told me what you should do is indict everybody who’s involved in the transaction, and that certainly includes the person who in fact made the sale."
Robertson is getting some added help from the U.S. Justice Department with his crusade.
He says, "The head of their obscenity task force called me up here and said can I volunteer the services of one of our obscenity attorneys to come down and use him in any way you deem fit?"
He says the feds are willing to prosecute Krial and Embrey because of the seriousness of the offense of which they are accused. Robertson says they came to Staunton for the sole purpose of selling pornographic materials.
"He came here to sell porn for Krial and that’s why the feds said he should be indicted too," says Robertson.
Another employee of After Hours says she isn't concerned about being indicted herself. She thinks the indictments are politically motivated, even though Robertson disagrees.
He says, "A lot of people felt that maybe I was like the lone ranger going out after this stuff, but it's horrible stuff. It's bad for any community."
Embrey was unavailable for comment on his indictment Thursday, but an After Hours employee describes him as a good man who was just trying to make a living so he could support his family.