Local Strip Club Owner Charged with Threatening Police

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Sam Moore, Owner of Club Velvet, has been charged with threatening a police officer over the phone. The Richmond Police would not confirm or comment on the charges, Moore was arraigned and released on bail only days before a Virginia ABC hearing on unrelated charges came to a conclusion.According to the Richmond Times Moore’s attorney, Michael Morchower said:

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“The police involved themselves in a matter involving Sam and a couple of employees, I don’t know specifically what was said.”

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The new charge became public as authorities are revoking Club Velvet’s alcohol license for unrelated charges. State, federal and local officials raided Club Velvet in February, 2008 after completing a three-month undercover investigation into activities at the club.

Alcoholic Beverage Control agents testified that they observed alcohol being consumed in unlicensed areas, underage drinking and after hour consumption of alcohol. They also testified that two dancers agreed to perform sex acts on each other in exchange for $450. A confidential informant (according to testimony) purchased cocaine from a dancer for the agents as part of the investigation.

Today an administrative hearing officer concluded that there was adequate evidence for a finding of nine state ABC violations including allowing sale to and consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors and people who were already intoxicated; allowing public nudity; and creating a haven for illegal activities.

Earlier in 2008 Moore was charged with producing child pornography and unlawfully filming the acts, he was also charged with three misdemeanors, unlawfully filming sex with an 18-year-old woman and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. On June 11, 2008 Moore entered an Alford plea on 3 misdemeanor charges of having sex with a minor (17 years old) in exchange for dropping the more serious charges. The Alford plea means that he conceded that there was substantial evidence against him but he did not admit guilt, he was sentenced to 60 days in jail.

Sam Moore also made headlines and sparked short-lived protest this summer when he placed an “Obama is a socialist” banner depicting President Obama painted like the Joker on the outside of the Club Velvet.

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