Business booms for local porn purveyor

September 25, 2012

By DANIEL BLACKBURN

PART TWO: Inside the porn business

Over the past seven years, Paso Robles resident Gary Lee has conducted his business quietly… some might say, under the radar. He doesn’t advertise in the local media, or rub elbows at service club meetings, or join civic committees. But while Lee may maintain a discreet presence, his enterprise most definitely does not.

Lee is proprietor of a North County web-based pornography empire featuring 33 sites, including his favorite, slobabes.com, which boasts (honestly) all local girls. It was an idea that Lee said quickly took hold.

“When I first thought about returning to Paso Robles and creating a site using local girls, I figured the biggest problem I’d have would be finding the girls. Not so. That was the easy part,” he said as he munched on a steak at F. McLintocks restaurant.

“I wondered who would be willing to get naked. After all, we’re a small town. And if the girls go on slobabes, someone is going to see them who knows them. I guarantee it. If you are a local in this town, and you go to slobabes for 48 hours, you will see someone you know. It may not be your girlfriend or your wife, but you will see someone you know.

“So on my site you might see the girl who sold you your house, or took care of you in the hospital, or helped you at the bank,” he said.

As he spoke to a reporter, restaurant workers passing his table smilingly greeted him by name.

No, he said, his biggest business issue has been finding and keeping technically qualified people to help with website design and maintenance, and capable production people.

“I found when I came back to Paso that if it didn’t eat hay, no one knew how to fix it,” he said.

A thrill-seeker by nature, the former Navy Seal said he virtually stumbled into his first porn role about 20 years ago, and has spent time both as an actor and producer of adult films. He would spend time in Los Angeles appearing in films, then return to Paso Robles to do his “legitimate” work. All the while, his family and most friends were unaware of his supplemental income source. But the Paso Robles High School graduate always wanted to be doing business nearer to home.

And now he is. He’s fully licensed and takes great pains to comply with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations, because he suspects that his every action is being monitored closely.

Paso Robles Police Chief Robert Burton did not respond to questions about Lee’s business.

If it’s not officials watching, it could be any of the hundreds of customers the sites attract.

“I have many customers, many of whom are over fifty, who pay their $9.95 each and every month, who I would consider my regulars,” Lee said. And while many might consider his business seamy, he said he labors to remain within lawful standards, and is just taking advantage of past court decisions.

Nearly a half-century ago, the U.S. Supreme Court was wrestling with the concept and definition of pornography when Justice Potter Stewart uttered what many consider to be the most famous words ever voiced by the court:

“I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description [“hard-core pornography”]; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that.” (Jacobellis v. Ohio, 1964, regarding the motion picture “The Lovers.”)

And thus was born the “community standards” test for obscene material, with the original concept being that people in individual communities were the best judges of what is, and is not, obscene.

With that decision came the creation of a standard in which all speech is protected — except for “hard-core pornography.” That definition did not, however, provide an applicable standard for review by lower courts. The “Miller v. California” test in 1973 created three criteria that must be met before state regulators could take action, according to Wikipedia: (1) The average person, applying local community standards, looking at the work in its entirety, appeals to the prurient interest; (2) the work must describe or depict, in an obviously offensive way, sexual conduct or excretory functions’ and (3) the work as a whole must lack “serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific values.”

Pornography is the reason the Internet exists today, Lee opined.

“Virtually every innovation on the Internet has been because of porn,” he said. “That was how the technology emerged to put many photographs up on a site. It prompted people to figure out how to stream video. And porn was first to commercialize the Internet, because before porn there was no way to take a credit card over the Internet.”

When he started his business “most of us older guys didn’t even have a computer at home. Now I don’t think I have a single friend who doesn’t have a computer in the house.”

Lee said he is happy that “old guys” like him still have a role in the adult industry; most guys who watch porn are around his age, he said, so can relate to him more.

Paso Robles city officials recently have been crusading against alleged sex businesses, primarily massage parlors suspected of being fronts for prostitution. A local ordinance stiffening up regulations had its first reading by the city council last week.

The porn business is lucrative, Lee said, but he won’t be more specific.

“It’s like any other business,” he said, “not much money and a lot of work at the beginning, then it improves.”

It’s also a multi-billion-dollar a year industry that has major corporations — particularly large hotel chains — raking in immense profits for in-room broadcasts. Marriott, Westin and Hilton hotels all offer the service.

“I’m not in that income class,” grinned Lee.

Does porn provide a healthy outlet, or satisfy any socially redeeming purpose?

“Two or three glasses of wine can be healthy, two or three bottles are not,” Lee said. “There are limits to everything. There are a lot of things that are good in moderation. Porn is one of those things. If someone occasionally looks at porn, I don’t think a marriage is going to fall apart, or make a single guy not want to go out and meet people. But if someone just sits there and takes matters into his own hands six times a day, that’s a bad thing.”


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18 Comments

  1. scottabeer says:

    Uh oh, Look. http://misstsa.com/

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  2. jlwils says:

    I think there might be some tax crimes here. 1099’s being issued to the babes? All income being reported Mr. Lee?

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  3. doggin says:

    Mr Congalton mentioned to Karen V that her coverage of this dude glorified Porn. Mr. C also believes the story will result in many men being envious of Lee and wishing they were him. Wrong, that’s like telling some of us if we watched Charles Manson we’d have the desire to be like him. Im bettin if you were to get an honest answer from every woman who has done porn, if they regretted it and if hurt them or another person by doing so. I bet you’d get an big yes from more than you think. That being said it does harm and offend others, its very often violent, degrading and depicts women as worthless beings to be humiliated and abused sexually, yet its one of Americas most lucrative industries protected under freedom of speech etc….good for that one……….I guess.
    Its all good, just don’t tell a bad joke if your a clown at a rodeo, ya might offend somebody.

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    • R.Hodin says:

      We’ll put Tipper Gore right on it.

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    • scottabeer says:

      I’d like to be him. But, only for the Income. I don’t care who watches porn, who acts in it etc. if you don’t like Porn. Leave it alone. If you don’t like watching fall leaves don’t. If you don’t like Nascar don’t watch it. it’s NO ONES BUSINESS what other people do. It’s voluntary. It’s a BILLION dollar industry. Violent? Degrading? Depicts women as worthless? Are you serious? I don’t look at Porn to see a woman degraded. It’s a personal thing. These Porn actors and actresses (I’ve been married to one) are THRILLED to be in front of the camera and get paid. Yes, there are some that are coerced but that is NOT legitimate porn. I watch Cal Coast news and see how corrupt the business Just in this area is, so to single out Porn? You should be ashamed for ignoring the BLATANT corruption and mention Porn.

      Want to talk about violent and degrading? Watch football. EVERY SINGLE GAME is filled with violence and a team loses every single game. When’s the last time you heard someone yell at porn “You suck” “Your a loser” “We’re number one”? Get over it. People like to watch, or participate. if it’s consensual, I say go for it. Land of the free? We arrest females for showing breasts in public unless a Baby is sucking on it. travel to other countries and it’s fine to see naked women strolling unassuming along the beach. travel to Amsterdam and they sell sex publicly and their country hasn’t suffered from it.

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  4. teams says:

    I found this while surfing about team stuff. I was on the teams with Gary Lee on Corornado Island and know him very well. We also graduated from BUDS at about the same time. He was 107 and I was 105.
    As far as the initials go then you would have to speak with President Kennedy about that since he was the one who came up with it.
    Gary was a great operator on the teams but wasn’t this article about pornography?

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    • OsborneCox says:

      TEAMS, thanks for the confirmation, and thank you and Mr. Spencer for your service. Much respect.

      As you know better than we, there are too many cases in which people try to steal your valor, and in seeking verification I only wanted to be sure this wasn’t a case of a guy selling himself off as a SEAL to recruit “actresses.”

      Beyond that, if I don’t like how the guy makes his money, I’ll simply give him no mind.

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  5. Cindy says:

    Thanks for getting the word out Dan. Yes no doubt, some people that are curious or into pornography will google this guy and look at his site. The upside to this article is that people are now informed about who he is. Consider the young girls with weekend jobs, working at the coffee shops, restaurants, grocery stores and so on who might tell their parents that a man named Gary who has been a local for many years offered them a job modeling or any job. If the parents read CCN, then the parents will know who this guy is and what he is really all about.

    I wonder if it has occurred to anyone that Gary Lee can legally offer work to 16 year old’s as models and begin grooming them (insidious progression) to take it all off when they’re 18. It starts out innocent enough and these encourageable girls are then mentored by other pretty girls who are older and doing quite well financially or so they will say. Gary Lee didn’t get all these local girls to take it off because he is stupid, no; Id say he has a plan that works quite well and he uses it over and over again. Parents educate your girls about how one photo can haunt them for the rest of their lives, just ONE PHOTO.

    The fact that this Gary Lee character has been exposed by CCN far out weighs the down side. Good job Dan.

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    • ramona g says:

      cindy, you are paranoid. there are enough 18 year old girls willing, he doesn’t need to ‘groom’ anyone. do you have some proof that gary is offering modeling jobs to underage girls? if so please present it.

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      • Cindy says:

        The fact that some of these girls end up being sorry later with no recourse or legal grounds to redact their photos from the “world wide web” speaks volumes. Sure it’s all fun and games until they become mothers with daughters of their own, or decide that they would like to run for public office or maybe teach in a school system or work towards a position as a CEO, CFO or marry a respectable partner.

        In the mean time, party on ramona g.

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    • scottabeer says:

      Oh yes parents convince your children of ANYTHING. there are Hundreds and Hundreds of thousands of Models. I believe they SEEK the opportunity and cash money.

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  6. OsborneCox says:

    Did this blog verify Gary Spencer’s SEAL experience? I doubt it. If the blogger knew anything at all about SEALs, he’d know the world should be all caps because it’s an acronym that stands for Sea, Air, and Land.

    There are organizations that out phony SEALs. I’ll start submitting this article to a few of ’em and share their findings.

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    • abigchocoholic says:

      If the blogger knew anything at all about SEALs, he’d know the world should be all caps because it’s an acronym that stands for Sea, Air, and Land.
      ——————————
      Ah, wouldn’t that be SAL? “I want to be a Navy SAL. Those SALS are bad a$$.

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    • Zeke says:

      OsborneCox — If you discover that Gary was, indeed, a Navy Seal, will you share the findings and apologize to Gary?

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  7. Black_Copter_Pilot says:

    Who needs “letters to Penhouse” when you got CCN?

    Salacious?

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    • Spirit Filled says:

      Nobody ask me if I wanted to be a porn star. If the customer closed her eyes I’d have a chance of success. Oh well, I guess that tie is gone now. Maybe I will look this guy up. Maybe it’s not too late.

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    • danika says:

      It’s Penthous, not “Penhouse”, Mr. Fonzi.

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      • Paso_Guy says:

        goes to show you who reads the outhouse rag

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