BAY COUNTY, Fla. - The "Show-N-Tail" Nightclub is in trouble with the law for showing a little too much. The Bay County Sheriff's Office issued a warrant to search the establishment and found more violations than expected.
The search warrant was issued around 10 p.m. Saturday night after investigators had received complaints of underage dancers working at the club. While conducting their search, investigators also found that dancers were allegedly exposing themselves while working as well as prostitution related activities occurring inside the establishment. BCSO investigators have been looking into alleged activities occurring at the "Show-N-Tail" on Thomas Drive.
"So we received information that a juvenile was employed at "Show N Tail" as a dancer and that's something obviously that we take very seriously because there's potential there for exploitation" said Bay County Sheriff, Tommy Ford.
Turns out, those complaints were true. Investigators found a 17 year-old female working as a dancer at the time of the search. Dancers were also allegedly working with their breasts exposed which is another violation. This is the third time in less than three years that the club has been busted for violations regarding the morality ordinance.
"The ordinance does state what kind of activities can occur in those clubs and when we get a complaint, it is against the law, we investigate it and determine if charges are appropriate, in this case it was" said Sheriff Ford.
Officers arrested the manager Arie Prozer on charges of utilizing a business for prostitution purposes and child endangerment. Five dancers were also arrested for morality ordinance violations on stage.
"We're actually able to recover video from inside the club so we'll be reviewing that to determine additional violations specifically looking at the prostitution related activities. That certainly concerns us. The investigation will be ongoing and there could be additional rests, additional charges" said Sheriff Ford.
As far as consequences for the juvenile, BCSO's main concern at the time is her welfare. No charges have been pressed against her and the investigation remains open. As of right now the nightclub is still open for business as the investigation continues.
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