A federal magistrate judge in Florida has issued a ruling that Girls Gone Wild 34-year old entrepreneur sleaze-peddler – Joe Francis pictured right – should stand before the courts for fondling Uncle Sam’s green before facing sexual inappropriateness with seven under-aged girls in panama city. The GGW multimillionaire faces something like a 40 million dollar federal Tax Evasion warrant.
By the ruling, Joe Francis will be transferred to Reno on Tuesday, after serving a 35-day contempt charge in Miami, FL. State prosecutors there want Francis to remain in Florida for 2003 criminal charges, before releasing him to other jurisdictions. Francis also has legal issues in California where his probation violations of federal laws designed to prevent sexual exploitation of minors could most likely be revoked. [MiamiHerald]
The Miami Herald story also reports that Francis earns an estimated $29 million-a-year from his video empire. – How many 12-17 year old consumers is that exactly?
If convicted of the federal tax evasion for 2002 and 2003, Francis faces up to ten years in prison and fines up to $500,000. If convicted on sexual battery charges he faces in an incident in Hollywood in January, where he allegedly where he allegedly touched an 18-year-old woman’s breast, buttocks and inner thigh at least 10 times, despite being asked repeatedly to stop he would face if found guilty: six months in jail and a $2,000 fine. [Hollywood.com]
What kind of message does that send? To both boys and girls?!