- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A prosecutor wants a judge to close a Greenville strip club for another six-month period and send the owner to jail because it did not follow a deal to stop nudity and simulated sex acts.

Solicitor Walt Wilkins is asking for criminal sanctions against Platinum Plus that would include a $280,000 fine and at least four months in jail for the club’s owner.

“While the solicitor recognizes such penalties are strong, lesser penalties have previously failed and the challenges to this court’s authority by the defendants have been serial and substantial,” Wilkins wrote in court papers obtained by The Greenville News (https://grnol.co/293PbXj ).

Wilkins’ request came after two undercover officers saw dancers remove pasties over their nipples and engage in a number of erotic acts banned by the agreement that allowed the club to reopen at the beginning of this year after a different six-month closing.

But a lawyer for the club said the dancers who violated the rules were fired, other dancers were warned about what they can and can’t do, so the solicitor’s complaint should be dismissed.

“There is not a scintilla of evidence that either defendant knew about the alleged violations, and even without knowing the solicitor’s intent, the defendants terminated the relationship with the two dancers who the state alleges were the worst violators,” attorney Tommy Goldstein wrote.

Wilkins said the club owner knows exactly what is going on. He also accused Platinum Plus of steering dancers and customers to areas of the building that aren’t fully covered by a video system the club was required to install as part of the deal.

The club was notified of the problem in January and offered to stop using a booth that was not within range of the video system. But when the undercover officers came in two months later, a dancer tried to sit them in the booth, even though none of the other booths were being used, Wilkins said.


Information from: The Greenville News, https://www.greenvillenews.com

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