Alleged ‘strip club’ charge dropped

Published 11:09 pm Thursday, August 14, 2014

Charges against a woman who was accused of running an illegal “strip club” out of her home will not be prosecuted following her appearance in General District Court earlier this week.

Sonya Fletcher was arrested May 3 and charged with maintaining a common nuisance and possession of marijuana. Nine others, ranging in age from 18 to 52, were charged with maintaining a common nuisance.

Police served a search warrant that evening at the house Fletcher rented on Battery Avenue. According to information filed with the search warrant, an anonymous citizen reported to police that Fletcher held “stripper parties” at the house, where beer and shots were sold and women did dances. Informants told police, according to the search warrant, that alcohol was sold inside the home.

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However, prosecutor Vaughn Breedlove said, the others who were in the home said when they were interviewed that they were there to watch a fight on Pay-Per-View. Alcohol was served but not sold, they said, according to Breedlove.

“A lot of people do that,” Breedlove said. “They have people over and there’s alcohol there. It was a reasonable defense. That’s why I made the decision to go ahead and withdraw the charges.”

Saying he did not feel he could get a conviction because all of the witnesses were sticking to their story, Breedlove dropped the charges against Fletcher as well as against the other defendants: Darrin Venquan Cook, 27; Special Kwantesha Wilson, 18; Wayne Cyril Artis, 52; Breon Deangelo Harris, 38; Jeffrey Alan Jordan, 38; Anthony Lenord Cook, 25; Daquan Knight, 19; and Leonard Steven Cook, 41.

Another man, Jeffrey Fenton Pope, 43, was among those charged with maintaining a common nuisance but died in a car crash a couple of weeks after being charged.