Law cited in Stormy Daniels’ arrest used to bust strip clubs

Law cited in Stormy Daniels’ arrest used to bust strip clubs
Charges dismissed after Stormy Daniels arrest at Columbus strip club

The Ohio law authorities used to arrest and charge porn star Stormy Daniels and two other women at a Columbus strip club has been used increasingly by Columbus police and other law enforcement agencies in 2018, 10 Investigates has learned.

The law, known as the Community Defense Act, prohibits dancers at strip clubs of adult from being able to touch the patrons, unless they’re members of their immediate family.

The law has been used 88 times since it was established in 2007, according to court records. Twenty-five of those occurrences happened during 2018. Despite the dozens of people charged under the law, 10 Investigates could only find two cases - one person and one business - who have been convicted under the law in the past two years.

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Columbus Police said in a statement that the arrest of Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, came after undercover officers were touched inappropriately by Daniels, who was performing at the Sirens club Wednesday night.

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein announced the charges were dropped Thursday afternoon because Daniels was not a regular performer at the Sirens strip club, which the law requires. It is not clear what will happen to other women who were charged.

Late Thursday afternoon, CPD Chief Kim Jacobs issued a statement saying that “a mistake was made” by officers.

A 10 Investigates review of the 2018 citations shows that Daniels and two other women have been the only people charged at Sirens this year. 22 other cases were brought against people at the strip club called Kahoots. Employees of both establishments declined to comment to 10 Investigates.

10 Investigates also reached out the Citizens for Community Values, a Cincinnati-based conservative group that pushed for the laws passage in 2007.

President Aaron Baer told 10 Investigates that Columbus Police should be commended for their efforts to enforce Ohio law. “It should have been happening since day one.”

When asked if he was concerned that many of these charges end up being dropped, he said perhaps the law needs to be strengthened.