UTAH's PORN CZAR says complaints on lingerie posters are 'appropriate'


Friday, July 13th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


PROVO, Utah (AP) _ Victoria's Secret may have run afoul of Utah's porn czar.

Paula Houston, the state's obscenity and pornography complaints ombudsman, said Thursday that residents' efforts to have posters removed from Victoria's Secret stores were appropriate.

The advertisements came under fire after Tina Rivera didn't like the interest her 6-year-old son showed in a poster at Victoria's Secret in the Provo Towne Centre mall. The poster showed a woman covering her breasts with her arms.

Rivera asked the company to take down the ``lewd and sexual images.''

Victoria's Secret employees said the images were taken down this week because the sale they advertised was over.

Houston, who is believed to be the nation's only state-funded anti-porn crusader, said a law doesn't have to be broken for people to voice their opinion.

Victoria's Secret issued a statement saying it continues ``to evaluate important input from clients.''