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Three Indicted in Traci Lords Probe

March 6, 1987 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A federal grand jury Thursday indicted three men on charges of using actress Traci Lords in sexually explicit films while she was a minor.

The indictments apparently were the first to stem from an investigation that started in July when it was discovered Miss Lords was as young as 15 when she starred in some of her films.

Those indicted were Ronald Rene Kantor, 40, and Rupert Sebastian Macnee, 39, both of Los Angeles, and James Marvin Souter Jr., 47, of Thousand Oaks, said U.S. Attorney Robert C. Bonner.

Bonner said he expected more indictments because of the many films Miss Lords made before she was 18.

The one-count indictment accuses Kantor and Macnee of employing Miss Lords for the movie ″Those Young Girls″ in 1984.

Souter, was accused of aiding and abetting for ″procuring Lords’ services,″ Bonner said. He said Souter, employed as an office manager by the World Modeling Agency, helped ″procure actresses for hard core pornography.″

Kantor, Macnee and Souter were ordered to appear for arraignment March 23.

The three men face up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine if convicted.

Bonner said federal law does not require that prosecutors prove producers knew a performer was underage.

The film ″Those Young Girls″ graphically shows Miss Lords engaged in a variety of heterosexual and homosexual acts, Bonner said. ″Nothing is left to the imagination.″

Miss Lords, who appeared in dozens of films, including ″New Wave Hookers″ and ″Lust in the Fast Lane,″ made all her movies before she was 18.

Last July, retailers were forced to pull videos of all her movies from their shelves since her entire catalog was deemed illegal.

Miss Lords, born Nora Kuzma on May 7, 1968, had allegedly used false identification to get work in sex films since 1984.

But the focus of the investigation was the pornographic film industry rather than the actress, investigators said last year.