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2 October, 2017

Norwalk strip club manager sentenced to prison
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The manager of The Office Cafe at Liberty Square in East Norwalk closed its doors following an undercover drug sting investigation in late 2015 was sentenced to jail Friday for selling cocaine to undercover officers on multiple occasions.

The former manager and bartender of the club , Leigha Rybnick, 43, Cormerly of Old Colony Road, Stamford was sentenced to the mandatory minimum five years in jail by Judge Richard Comerford on the drug charges at the Stamford courthouse.

Stipulations of her release from prison sentence, she will have to serve another five years of special parole where she can be returned to jail for any violation of the law.

The months long undercover operations of the Norwalk police and state police investigation ended in December 2015 and resulted in the arrests of 11 people, its owners, some dancers and some patrons on drug and prostitution charges.

During the operation "Undercover officers were able to purchase multiple amounts of cocaine varying from small personal use amounts to larger eight-ball amounts, or roughly three and a half grams, police said.

Ryk was initially charged with selling drugs to undercover cops on nine occasions.

Rybnick's attorney Stephan Seeger said his client got caught up in the investigation, but she is a good mother with several children. She has been in jail since her arrest.

"It is unfortunate that young women such as Leigha, who in the grips of drug addiction, are drawn into these situations. I think we need to take another look at crimes like these in the future," Seeger said.

Club owner Gene Morrell, 62, appears to have availed himself of a court diversionary program allowing him not to serve any jail time for the five counts of permitting and promoting prostitution that he was arrested on in December 2015.

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