WARREN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - A strip club manager pleaded guilty to numerous drugs charges and illegally operating a sexually oriented business on Tuesday.
Michael Reese, 37, pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine, possession of cocaine, and two counts of permitting drug abuse.
Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said in January 2017, Reese, a manager at the New York, New York strip club in Franklin was observed by plain-clothes law enforcement officers handing cocaine to a dancer with the stage name "Giselle." She would then sell cocaine to customers.
Reese told officers that the dancers received a portion of the proceeds from the transactions. Reese was also allowing nude dancing past midnight, which is in violation of the law.
"Today's guilty plea by the manager of New York, New York conclusively demonstrates that the club, its management, and its dancers engaged in numerous instances of drug trafficking and other illegal activity that law enforcement and Franklin city officials had long suspected was regularly occurring at the club," Fornshell said in a news release. "Our office will continue to proceed with the prosecution of the related cases in order to hold to account the club and the remaining defendants for their role in perpetuating this criminal enterprise."
A sentencing date for Reese has not been set.