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CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Police say some clients at a local business are committing sex acts out in the open for all to see.
Clarksville's police chief says his game plan to stop illegal activity is simple -- as long as there is criminal activity going on at Theatair X, police will keep dropping in unexpectedly.
"For Clarksville Theatair X, it's considered a hot spot as a hookup and we're definitely trying to stop that from occurring," said Clarksville Police Chief Mark Palmer.
You have probably seen the sign from the interstate -- the billboard beckoning you to come visit Theatair X in Clarksville. Signs say it offers adult books, movies and a theater. But Clarksville Chief of Police Mark Palmer says there's more going on. "We're not there to arrest the individuals that are there for the legal purpose, watching movies or buying whatever they may be, but the ones that are there for prostitution, exposure, sexual acts, those are the ones that we're after and those are the ones we're going to keep arresting," said Palmer.
In November, police arrested three people for illegal activity at Theatair X. More arrests in December when an undercover detective says he found Eric Baxter naked in the theater, and three other men performing sex acts on themselves and each other.
And the heat is on -- to stay. It is a public place and police do not need a warrant to go in. "We've made it known to the management as well as to the people that patronize that place that we will be coming and if you're breaking the law, you'll be leaving with us," said Palmer.
Management hasn't been charged, because police have to have proof they are directly involved. "If we can show that they are knowingly or intentionally involved," said Palmer.
But Palmer believes the arrests will hurt business enough. "And if that slows down their clientele, then unfortunately that's one of the prices they'll have to pay," he said.
But it still may not be enough to shut it down, which many would like to see. Community forums like Topix are flooded with comments that echo this one, "That's great, keep the arrests coming!" "We're going to make it known that it's not going to be tolerated here. not going to happen in Clarksville," said Palmer.
Reclaim our Culture Kentuckiana, or ROCK, an organization that stands against sexually oriented businesses, says they are excited to see police taking such a proactive approach.