Dallas Authorities Cannot Shut Down Strip Club Where Minor Danced
The city of Dallas says that is cannot shut down a strip club on the basis that a 12-year-old girl was found dancing naked there.
The city ordinance that deals with businesses that are sexual in nature does not allow authorities to revoke the clubs license based on the fact that it employed a minor.
Over a two-week period a sixth-grade girl danced at the Diamonds Cabaret in Dallas, according to police. Authorities have also released that a 17-year-old girl was discovered working at the club in January.
Police say they are still investigating whether the club management was aware that the girl was a minor.
Demonica Abron, a 27-year-old stripper at the club, and 22-year-old David Bell are charged with felony sexual performance of the child for reportedly forcing the girl to dance. They are also accused of being involved in organized crime.
The girl told police that Bell and Abron offered her shelter and was told that she would be stripping at a club called "Diamonds," according to court records.
Bell is also accused of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child as well as aggravated kidnapping. He was released on $450,000 bond Thursday.
The family of the 12-year-old said that she ran away from home in November. The girl's family was able to find the girl later that month.