Escort service stopped by court

April 16th, 2010    Author: Brett A. Roller    Filed Under: News

Union Township has filed a temporary restraining order against an escort service found to be operating without applying for a business permit.

Village Administrator Ken Geis said the township received an anonymous complaint that the business was operating out of 495 Old State Route 74.

The township zoning administration inspected the building on March 18 and found Naughty Bodies, also known as 247 Dancers, owner and former professional wrestler Sean Casey was operating a sexual oriented business without a community development permit.

Geis said Naughty Bodies had not applied for a permit.

According to Article 12 of the Union Township Zoning Resolution, the company would not be eligible for a zoning certificate for a sexually oriented business because it lies within 1,000 feet of another sexually oriented business, Deja Vu strip club, a religious institution, New Life Christian Center, and a public park, Mt. Carmel Park. Deja Vu was grandfathered into compliance with the regulations.

The township filed for a temporary restraining order against property owners Vincent and Julie Brashear of SPC Communications on April 6 and was granted the order on April 9. A preliminary injunction hearing is scheduled for April 22 and if the injunction is granted a permanent injunction hearing will be scheduled. A permanent injunction will prevent the business from operating at that location.

Geis said that while the township has filed for temporary restraining orders in the past for zoning violations, it is not a common occurrence.

"The average person wouldn't start a business without filing the proper paperwork," Geis said.

According to the company's Web site, it has been in operation in the Ohio and Northern Kentucky area for 14 years. Geis said the company has never had a permit to operate in Union Township and he said he was unsure whether the company had been operating elsewhere.

According to the township's zoning regulations, the goal of the sexually oriented business regulations is to prevent numerous adult businesses from concentrating within a specific area of the township without "imposing a limitation or restriction on the content of any communicative material or expression, including sexually oriented materials."

Sexually oriented businesses are permitted in any area zoned for B-1 businesses provided they are not within 1,000 feet of any religious institution, school, or public park, or within one thousand feet of a residential district. A cursory glance at the township zoning map suggests the Eastgate area provides sufficient space to allow for the 1,000 foot buffer.

The regulation applies to any adult arcade, adult bookstore, adult novelty shop, adult video store, adult cabaret, adult motel, adult motion picture theatre, adult theatre, massage parlor, sexual encounter establishment, escort agency, or nude model studio.
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