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Anti-Crime Crusader In Trouble Over Sex Movie

December 16, 1986

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ A man who crusades against corruption as gold-caped ″Captain Sticky″ has been accused of running a house of prostitution for allegedly letting his home be used to film a pornographic movie, police say.

Captain Sticky, whose real name is Richard Pesta, said Monday he didn’t know he was doing anything illegal when he rented out his home in the Old Town area to a film crew. Police raided the house last Friday night and said they found a sex movie being filmed.

Vice Sgt. Steve Creighton said he expects a misdemeanor citation to be mailed to Sticky this week.

Arrested in the raid was producer Ronald Hyatt, who was charged with seven counts of pandering, Creighton said.

While making pornographic films may not be illegal, Creighton said it is illegal to hire people to engage in sex. Creighton said five women and two men were hired through a modeling agency to perform sex acts.

Pesta wasn’t involved in the filming, Creighton said.

″The only thing I can be accused of is being felony stupid,″ said Pesta, who’s been on his anti-evil crusade since 1973.

He said his 3,200-square-foot, tri-level home is zoned for commercial uses and he allows it to be used as a film studio sometimes. He said agreed to rent to Hyatt after being assured the film was legal.

Pesta was a Fiberglas contractor from National City when he sold his business in 1973 and assumed his new identity, donning blue tights and a gold cape to fight his battles and driving around in a Stickymobile - a bubble- topped Lincoln with flags and flashing lights.

He has taken on, among other things, unlicensed drug centers.

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