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article imageOp-Ed: Couple cleared after filming sex during tandem jump

By Larry Clifton     Oct 29, 2011 in Sports
A porn star and a receptionist at Skydive Taft Co. gave a whole new meaning to tandem jumps when they were filmed having sex midair above Taft County, California.
Porn star Alex Torres, who goes by the nickname "Voodoo" in his profession, also a jump instructor, introduced skydiving school receptionist Hope Howell to the mile high club from a jump seat adjacent to the pilot before the pair continued having sex after leaping from the plane earlier this month. Today the FAA ruled the incident would not result in charges being filed against anyone involved in the film.
However the attached video, anatomically blurred, presents a whole new perspective on the sport of skydiving.
"I didn't know it until one of the officers came over from the Taft Police Department and told me this (video) was going around the kids in school and stuff," said Dave Crouch, owner of Skydive Taft. Taft authorities alerted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the feds launched an investigation after obtaining and viewing a video of the pair allegedly having sex in a jumpseat beside the pilot and while in midair.
Today, Associated Press reported that no charges would be filed against the two because FAA officials who viewed the unedited version determined "the videotaped skydiving sex stunt did not result in a violation of any regulations and the pilot wasn't distracted" during the incident over Kern County. No explanation was given as to how the FAA determined the pilot was not distracted by the young receptionist from his office having sex with a porn star in his presence.
FAA spokesman Ian Gregor did say "video evidence confirms the pilot's account that he was not distracted" and the the ongoing sex act "didn't interfere with his duties." The pilot's age was not disclosed in the report.
Lt. Ed Whiting of the Taft Police Department said there are no criminal charges pending because everyone in the video was of age and no one whom witnessed the dive has complained.
For their part, FAA officials said "there is no explicit policy on sexual conduct on private planes" unless such contact distracts or "jostles" the pilot.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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