Staunton prosecutor Ray Robertson (D) has charged adult video store owner Rick Krial with 16 counts of selling obscene videos. Virginia State Police and Waynesboro and Staunton undercover officers helped with the investigation.
This follows the recent opening of the store that has been protested by nearby residents because of its content which resulted in the formation of a Citizens Task Force against Pornography. Members of the community in both Staunton and Augusta County approached their governing bodies to put strict zoning ordinances in place before future adult businesses move to the area.
In Timberville, north of Harrisonburg, citizens are also working with their governing body to put ordinances in place for adult-related businesses.
Krial owns 12 adult businesses in Virginia and Maryland. When asked why he chose a community like Staunton to set up shop, he said he owned land there.
The Citizens Task Force plans to be at the November 8, 2007, meeting of Staunton City Council when the proposed ordinances are supposed to be presented by the Planning Commission. They are encouraging all in the community who would like to see ordinances in place to prevent adult businesses from settling near schools, libraries, neighborhoods, churches, and other family-friendly places to attend the meeting.
The meeting will be held in Staunton's City Hall at 7:30 on Thursday, November 8, 2007.