GGW Guilty Pleas to Federal Charges - Local Charges Still Pending

The founder of the company that produces the "Girls Gone Wild" videos, Joe Francis, has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he failed to document the ages of young women engaging in sexual acts in the videos.

But he says some girls lied about their ages.

As part of the deal, Francis agrees to pay a $500,000 fine. A federal judge will decide whether to accept or reject the deal at a sentencing hearing scheduled for December 18.

Francis' Mantra Films and MRA holding company pleaded guilty earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Panama City on similar charges.

State charges against Girls Gone Wild owners and crew members remain intact and are still pending in Bay County Circuit Court.


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