1 August, 2017
Six arrested in strip club prostitution sting
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PANAMA CITY BEACH - A manager of a Panama City Beach strip club was arrested following a tip-off off about an underage dancer at the club and uncovered a prostitution during the investigation.
Arie Prozer, 42, was arrested Saturday in an undercover operation by the Bay County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) at Show-N-Tail, 8776 Thomas Drive, and charged with allowing a child to engage in sex, setting up and maintaining a place for prostitution, living off the earnings of a prostitute and violation of the morality ordinance.
BCSO started a investigation afer receiving a complaint that a 17-year-old was dancing at the club, which turned out to be true, according to Sheriff Tommy Ford. During the investigation, officers concured that prostitution was also happening at the club, and arrested a total of five dancers for violating the county's morality ordinance, which defines how much of a dancer must be covered during a show.
Casey Stewart, Dominca Malone, Tiffany Larson, Victoria Figueroa and Jonerika Cheatham were all booked into the Bay County Jail in connection with the incident. Three undocumented immigrants were also identified in the sting.
"The bottom line is there was a complaint and it is our job to enforce the law," Ford said.
Ford said whether or not Show-N-Tail will stay open in the future is "under evaluation."
This is the second time in less than a year BCSO has made a string of arrests at Show-N-Tail. In December, police arrested five dancers for violating the morality ordinance, as well as the manager for letting them.
Previously, in April 2015, the Panama City Beach police arrested 11 dancers and the manager over the morality ordinance, though the State's Attorney's Office eventually dropped those charges. Nudity and indecent conduct are illegal in Bay County commercial establishments, according to the county's morality ordinance. The law states it is illegal within any business serving food, drink or alcohol for a person to "expose or exhibit in a vulgar or indecent manner ... any portion of the female breast below the top of the areola where the areola and nipple are not covered by a fully opaque covering," according to county codes.
The ordinance also prohibits owners or managers from directing or allowing nudity within their businesses.
The penalty for violation of the morality ordinance can be up to a $500 fine or as much as 60 days in jail, unless otherwise determined by officials. The law has been on Bay County's books since 1982.