The owner/manager of the former strip club Lipsticks and an ex-police chief charged with malfeasance pleaded not guilty Tuesday to various charges, including 20 counts of principal to obscenity.
Mohammed Makki, 56, pleaded not guilty to 20 counts of principal to obscenity, 20 counts of hiring exotic dancers without a certificate and one count of keeping a disorderly place.
Marvin Grogan, 47, the former Jeanerette police chief, also pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two counts of principal to obscenity and one count of malfeasance in office. He was a guard at the club. Following his arrest, Grogan resigned as police chief.
Lipsticks was a strip club at 6157 Johnston St. that was raided in May following an eight-month investigation in which undercover officers allegedly observed employees and club patrons engaging in lewd acts that violated the state’s obscenity and prostitution laws.
During a June Alcohol and Tobacco Control hearing, a Lafayette police officer testified that a dancer in Lipsticks’ VIP room sat next to him while she was topless and offered to have sex with him for $400. Undercover agents also said in sworn statements that they bought marijuana and cocaine during the investigation.
The state ATC pulled the club’s alcohol license after the two-hour June hearing.