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METRO NEWS BRIEFS: NEW JERSEY; AIDS Educator Indicted On Obscenity Charges

August 28, 1998
An AIDS prevention educator who showed a gay sex videotape to teen-agers has been charged with distributing obscene material to minors.

The educator, Keith Carson, an employee of the South Jersey AIDS Alliance, showed the video to seven students ages 15 to 17 at a county youth shelter on Feb. 23.

The 25-minute video, which was produced by the Gay Men's Health Crisis in New York City, shows people engaging in anal and oral sex and urges viewers to use condoms to stop the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

A grand jury viewed portions of the video before handing up an indictment against Mr. Carson on Tuesday, according to the Cape May County Prosecutor, Stephen Moore. Mr. Carson's age and hometown were not released.

The South Jersey AIDS Alliance had not approved the video for presentation to young people and has disciplined Mr. Carson for showing it, the alliance's executive director, Bill Mattle, said yesterday.

"We don't believe any harm was meant or that the individual meant to promote any agenda, but it was a very bad judgment call," he said.

David Rocah, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer who is representing Mr. Carson, said the video was meant only to educate.



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