Woman Accused of Running Strip Club for Teens in Her Home

Woman Accused of Running Strip Club for Teens in Her Home

Published July 29, 2009

Police investigating a noise complaint in arrested a 28-year-old woman they said was operating an illegal strip club in her basement and garage. Gwinnett County officers said they also found a sign at the home reading "1 Dollar Jello Shots" and minors drinking alcohol when they investigated on July 18.

Police responded to the home of Constance Trahan around 2:30 a.m. on July 18 after neighbor Jim Ferguson called the police to complain about the home in the 1400 block of Purcell Road.  He told police that he saw several teenagers roaming the area and that dozens of cars were parked on his street and around the block, adding that there were at least 200 party-goers that night and that the home often hosts rowdy gatherings.

“It was like being downtown. There were so many folks that when I came out here and I was telling them to get off my lawn, I was just one person among the chaos,” Ferguson told WSBTV in Atlanta.

Officers said Trahan was not only selling alcohol to minors, but she was running what appeared to be an underground strip club.

“The officers that did respond did see what appeared to be some sort of gentleman’s club or strip club that was being conducted at the time,” Cpl. David Schiralli with the Gwinnett County Police Department told the TV station.

Trahan faces a misdemeanor charge of maintaining a disorderly house and remains free on $1,300 bond.

Another woman who lives with the suspect said the whole thing was just a misunderstanding. She said friends threw the suspect a party to celebrate her birthday and newly renovated home. She said that there were no strippers or underage drinking.

Police also arrested a 20-year-old guest whom they said lied about his age and was found carrying marijuana in his mouth. He has been released on $3,900 bond.

Written by Associated Press

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