City Council votes to revoke local strip club license

POSTED: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 3:11pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- Tuesday night, the Waco City Council met with attorneys to reconsider Sonny's BYOB license revocation. The license was revoked after undercover investigations revealed prostitution going on inside.

However, the manager and owner, John Skruck and his daughter, Mary Skruck, are claiming they didn't know about the illegal activity.

 Five strippers arrested and several complaints of prostitution later, the city revoked Sonny's BYOB license to run a strip club again.

"Fire marshals walked in had the unfortunate occasion of walking in on a sex act as it was in progress," said Assistant City Attorney, Dean Roggia. 

Police say dancers told them about "high-roller rooms" where they have sex in exchange for money, but the John Skruck says it's not true.

"It's all hear say. If it was true, why wouldn't she name names?" said Skruck.

Even with the notice of the license revocation hanging from the door Wednesday morning, the Skrucks plan on keeping the business open, and they are countering the council's decision to make sure that happens.

Skruck argues that even if dancers were engaging in sex acts, his is not responsible.

"If a girl got picked up soliciting someone in front of City Hall, would the mayor go to jail?" said Skruck. "It's the same thing. You know, these girls are not employees, they're contracted labor. They come and go as they please. They do what they want to do."

The City Attorney says Skruck must have known because "high-roller rooms" have locks on the doors.

Skrucks lawyer, Henry Wright, says they won't stop at the City Council's decision.

"Its a difficult decision for any community. We're looking to present a more full case in front of the courts," said Wright.

For now, the club remains closed until the court decides otherwise.


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