- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The owner of the former strip club Lipsticks and an ex-police chief charged with malfeasance have pleaded not guilty to various charges, including 20 counts of principal to obscenity.

The Advertiser reports (https://bit.ly/1JBhV6v) 56-year-old Mohammed Makki pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 20 counts of principal to obscenity, 20 counts of hiring exotic dancers without a certificate and one count of keeping a disorderly place.

Forty-seven-year-old Marvin Grogan, the former Jeanerette police chief, also pleaded not guilty to two counts of principal to obscenity and one count of malfeasance. He was a guard at the club. Following his arrest, Grogan resigned as police chief.

Lipsticks was raided in May following an eight-month investigation in which undercover officers allegedly observed employees and club patrons engaging in lewd acts.

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Information from: The Advertiser, https://www.theadvertiser.com

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