Porn Producer Sentenced to Prison for Online Distribution

A producer of pornographic video known as Max Hardcore has been sentenced to 46 months in prison after a conviction on multiple obscenity offenses, including charges he transported obscene material over the Internet.

Paul F. Little, age 50, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. In addition to the prison term, Judge Susan Bucklew ordered Little to pay a US$7,500 fine and to forfeit all profits from the distribution of the films he was convicted of distributing. In addition, Little must give up the films and the domain names he used to distribute them, the DOJ said.

Bucklew also fined Little's adult entertainment company, MaxWorld Entertainment, $75,000. The front page of Little's Web site,, had this message Monday: "This website has been forfeited to the Unites States Government pursuant to the conviction of Paul F. Little."

Little was convicted in June on five counts of transporting obscene matter by use of an interactive computer service and five counts of mailing obscene matter. He was indicted in Florida in May 2007, after his company mailed adult films to an address in Tampa, Florida.

Little, of Altadena, California, was director, producer and star in a series of adult-oriented DVDs and video clips. In his films, Little engages in "violent and extreme sexual acts" with female performers, the DOJ said in a news release.

Little was charged as part of a crackdown on obscenity led by the DOJ in mid-2007.

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