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Club where girl, 12, stripped will keep license

Place where girl, 12, danced can't be closed under city ordinance

12:00 AM CDT on Thursday, March 27, 2008

By TANYA EISERER / The Dallas Morning News - teiserer@dallasnews.com

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/crime/stories/DN-clubs_27met.ART.West.Edition1.1589397.html

The mere fact that a 12-year-old girl danced nude at a northwest Dallas strip club isn't enough to close its doors.

That's because the city ordinance that regulates sexually oriented businesses does not allow authorities to revoke the license of such a business for employing someone under the age of 18.

The sixth-grader danced at Diamonds Cabaret over a two-week period late last year, authorities say. They also say they found a 17-year-old girl working in the club in January.

"If they're not shut down, it's like they're giving them permission to have underage girls dancing and working in that club," said the mother of the 12-year-old. The mother is not being named because her daughter, a runaway at the time of the incident, is considered a sexual assault victim.

Operators of the Diamonds Cabaret at 2444 Walnut Ridge St. did not return calls for comment. Their sexually oriented business license expires in November.

Demonica Abron, 27, who worked as a stripper in the club, and David Bell, 22, are facing charges in connection with the 12-year-old girl's dancing in the club. Mr. Bell does not appear to have been employed by the club.

Police officials are continuing to investigate whether the club's management knew the sixth-grader was underage.

The 23-page city ordinance does allow revocation of a club's license if, for example, the club knowingly allows prostitution, the sale or use of drugs at the club, or if there are two convictions for sex-related crimes at the club within a 12-month period.

The department also can suspend, but not revoke, the license of an escort agency for up to 30 days if it has employed anyone under 18.

But the ordinance does not give the department similar power over adult cabarets such as Diamonds Cabaret.

"There's a laundry list of things we can use to deny or revoke a license, but having a 12-year-old dancing in their establishment is not one of the things that automatically enables us to revoke their license," said Lt. Christina Smith, a vice unit commander who oversees licensing of such establishments.

The mother of the 12-year-old girl said her daughter ran away in early November. She said the family frantically began looking and her husband finally found their daughter in late November. She was then interviewed by police.

According to court records, the runaway gave the following account:

Mr. Bell and Ms. Abron, who went by the stage name "Jewels," offered the runaway shelter. Mr. Bell told her that she would be stripping at a club called "Diamonds."

Mr. Bell dropped them off at the club one day and Ms. Abron introduced her to a man named "David" in the club's office.

"Suspect David asked complainant if she had ever danced before, she said no," the court records state. "David" then gave her an application, which she filled out with a fake name. She also told him that she was 19.

When "David" asked to see her identification, she told him that she didn't have one. He told her to bring one when she came to work as a dancer.

"Complainant couldn't think of a fake birthday, so she told suspect 'David' she forgot her birthday," the records state. "Suspect 'David' gave her a funny look and told her she would have been born in 1988 if she was 19."

A couple of days later, Mr. Bell drove Ms. Abron and the victim back to the club, where Ms. Abron introduced her to a man named "Steve."

"Suspect 'Steve' told" the girl "to take her clothes off to see if she was too shy to dance nude," the records state. He told her she would have to pay a fee ranging from $10 to $30 each time she danced nude.

She danced that night and made about $100, of which she gave $30 to "Steve," the records state.

The court documents are unclear on how many nights she danced.

The mother of the 12-year-old says she believes the club must have known her daughter was underage.

"I think they just didn't care," her mother said. "She's 12, but she's got the body of a 20-year-old. All they were thinking about was the money she could bring in."

She said her daughter is now living with her grandmother in Arlington and again attending school.

Ms. Abron and Mr. Bell were indicted in late February on one count of felony sexual performance of the child in connection with making the 12-year-old work at the club. Both are also accused of engaging in organized crime.

Mr. Bell is accused of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and aggravated kidnapping. He is still being held in the Dallas County Jail in lieu of $450,000 bail.

Ms. Abron, who also faces a prostitution charge, has been released on bail from jail.

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The 23-page city ordinance does allow revocation of a club's license if, for example, the club knowingly allows prostitution, the sale or use of drugs at the club, or if there are two convictions for sex-related crimes at the club within a 12-month period.

The department also can suspend, but not revoke, the license of an escort agency for up to 30 days if it has employed anyone under 18.

But the ordinance does not give the department similar power over adult cabarets such as Diamonds Cabaret.

"There's a laundry list of things we can use to deny or revoke a license, but having a 12-year-old dancing in their establishment is not one of the things that automatically enables us to revoke their license," said Lt. Christina Smith, a vice unit commander who oversees licensing of such establishments.

That is messed up... If these places aren't bothering to check to see if they got minors, and they won't get punished for that, then stuff like this will continue to happen... Especially that younger girls now look older...

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That is messed up... If these places aren't bothering to check to see if they got minors, and they won't get punished for that, then stuff like this will continue to happen... Especially that younger girls now look older...

Agreed. Add "society" to the list of "things that are broken".

We're about right on track to follow the Roman Empire.... crumbling infrastructure, social debauchery, corruption...

good thing our economy is good and strong. :rolleyes:

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Wow, that's pretty messed up if she is only 12 and has the body of a 20 yr old. You would think they mother kept a tighter leash on her. I know I would have.

OMG....

This is why my kids don't drink milk...seriously.......

only organic milk.

30 years ago 12 year old's didn't have the "b**bies of a 20 year old

Holly Crap!

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That is messed up... If these places aren't bothering to check to see if they got minors, and they won't get punished for that, then stuff like this will continue to happen... Especially that younger girls now look older...

Wouldn't it fall under child pornography laws? Don't get it. I think if the city looked hard enough, they can find some dang law that they could use. What about taking their alcohol license away for starters, etc. You can't tell me they weren't serving alcohol in that strip club with that minor present!

Utterly preposterous!!!!

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OMG....

This is why my kids don't drink milk...seriously.......

only organic milk.

30 years ago 12 year old's didn't have the "b**bies of a 20 year old

Holly Crap!

Unfortunately, I was a "C" cup at 12. A "D" at 14. A "DD" as an adult. I'm from Eastern European peasant stock, in my family there are lots of "D"'s and larger.

But, I don't think anyone would have mistaken me for 20 at 12. I was only 4'10".

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My great grandmother hit puberty at 11 and had her first baby by 13 (got married right before her 13th birthday). My grandmother was 11 and was married with kids by 14. My mother was 10. I also hit puberty at 10, and by 12 I was 5'1" and fully developed. My daughter, you guessed it, hit puberty at 10. She is currently 11 and a half and, scarily, looks like a much older teen. She, too, is over 5 feet tall and fully developed.

I'm not going to get into the debate over why the average age a child enters puberty is getting lower, but it's not a new or sudden phenomenon. In the US and Western European countries, the average age for the onset of puberty has gotten earlier by an average of 3.5 months per decade since the mid 1800's. The rate of change is actually slowing down in more recent decades. In addition, the "earliest" age for the onset of puberty has not changed at all, only the average age. There's no indication that we're looking at a future where girls hit puberty in kindergarten.

As for this news story...it's terrifying to me as the mother of a "developed" preteen. We have to stop sexualizing our little girls. Half shirts, mini skirts, and "daisy dukes" do not belong on 11 year old girls. There is NO reason for them to "show off" their bodies, and as a society (and as parents) we have to stop telling them that there is!

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We have to stop sexualizing our little girls. Half shirts, mini skirts, and "daisy dukes" do not belong on 11 year old girls. There is NO reason for them to "show off" their bodies, and as a society (and as parents) we have to stop telling them that there is!

Agree 100%! Have you looked at the bathing suit selection for young girls these days? It is really appalling! I'm sorry but my little 3½ year old does NOT belong in a string bikini! And that is literally what they are making these days-string bikinis for children.

When I get out and shop sometimes I am just in shock. I see these parents walking around with their young girls and these girls have on shorts almost showing their butt cheeks! I'm sorry but that is highly inappropriate and you know what? It is dangerous too! That will catch the attention of somebody who shouldn't be looking. Sometimes I just want to go up to these people and just ask them, "Really-what the hell were you thinking? Really."

Okay now I am done ranting........:lol:

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My great grandmother hit puberty at 11 and had her first baby by 13 (got married right before her 13th birthday). My grandmother was 11 and was married with kids by 14. My mother was 10. I also hit puberty at 10, and by 12 I was 5'1" and fully developed. My daughter, you guessed it, hit puberty at 10. She is currently 11 and a half and, scarily, looks like a much older teen. She, too, is over 5 feet tall and fully developed.

I'm not going to get into the debate over why the average age a child enters puberty is getting lower, but it's not a new or sudden phenomenon. In the US and Western European countries, the average age for the onset of puberty has gotten earlier by an average of 3.5 months per decade since the mid 1800's. The rate of change is actually slowing down in more recent decades. In addition, the "earliest" age for the onset of puberty has not changed at all, only the average age. There's no indication that we're looking at a future where girls hit puberty in kindergarten.

As for this news story...it's terrifying to me as the mother of a "developed" preteen. We have to stop sexualizing our little girls. Half shirts, mini skirts, and "daisy dukes" do not belong on 11 year old girls. There is NO reason for them to "show off" their bodies, and as a society (and as parents) we have to stop telling them that there is!

I agree. I think that we all agree that it is the responsibility of the parents to know where their kids are at all times - especially a kid that's only 12 years old. I had a DGD who is 11 and it just makes me sick to know that those girls are only a year or two older.

Unfortunately I've seen parents who want to show off their little girls in dress them provacitively. It's that "getto" mentality. (sorry ... call a spade a spade!). My 11 year old DGD still plays with dolls and my goal as a grandparent is to help teach her to be responsible so that God willing, she will become a responsible adult.

There are adults who will continue to exploit young girls (and young boys as well), if we continue to look the other way just so that these jerks can make a buck or two.

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I agree. I think that we all agree that it is the responsibility of the parents to know where their kids are at all times - especially a kid that's only 12 years old.

I just wonder what the parents their 12 year olds are doing. Is it like, gee I am going to go play with dolls at so and so's house... But then be shaking my bare hooters all night long...

In the many apartment complexes I lived in, I was shocked to see so many kids of all ages roaming the streets at all hours of the night. It is like nobody cared what these kids were doing.

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Agree 100%! Have you looked at the bathing suit selection for young girls these days? It is really appalling! I'm sorry but my little 3½ year old does NOT belong in a string bikini! And that is literally what they are making these days-string bikinis for children.

What shocked me was this past Halloween to see little girls who were in elementary school dressed in something that Britney Spears or Paris Hilton or Lindsey Lohan would wear. As I was in shock while I was handing out the candy, I had the impression that their parents thought that this was all cute.

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In the many apartment complexes I lived in, I was shocked to see so many kids of all ages roaming the streets at all hours of the night. It is like nobody cared what these kids were doing.

Same here. At the complex I lived in when I was like 19ish, the parents were at home partying while the kids were out doing whatever they wanted with whoever they wanted to. Really sad and ya know, it kinda pisses me off. :twisted:

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What shocked me was this past Halloween to see little girls who were in elementary school dressed in something that Britney Spears or Paris Hilton or Lindsey Lohan would wear. As I was in shock while I was handing out the candy, I had the impression that their parents thought that this was all cute.

That's the most disturbing part of it all. I think the problem may be that alot of parents these days are just obsessed with appearances and how their children look. That's why you end up getting these parents who pay for their teen's cosmetic surgeries and so on. What kind of message is that sending to the child? C'mon...........:?

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What shocked me was this past Halloween to see little girls who were in elementary school dressed in something that Britney Spears or Paris Hilton or Lindsey Lohan would wear. As I was in shock while I was handing out the candy, I had the impression that their parents thought that this was all cute.

Oh my gosh! That reminds me of our ordeal this past halloween. As I said, my daughter is well developed and, basically, an adult physically.

It took us two hours and three stores to find a costume I was willing to let her wear and she was willing to wear. She wanted something not humorous, more like a witch or princess, something feminine, but her physical size meant she had to buy a "teen" costume or an adult costume. You almost can't find a costume for her size/build that isn't sexualized. We finally compromised on a "gothic witch" costume because the dress was long sleeved, floor length, and not too low cut. It's depressing what is marketed and sold to tweens and preteens, but it's even more depressing that the parents continue to buy it and perpetuate the idea that 10-13 year old girls should dress like miniature adults.

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Agree 100%! Have you looked at the bathing suit selection for young girls these days? It is really appalling! I'm sorry but my little 3½ year old does NOT belong in a string bikini! And that is literally what they are making these days-string bikinis for children.

When I get out and shop sometimes I am just in shock. I see these parents walking around with their young girls and these girls have on shorts almost showing their butt cheeks! I'm sorry but that is highly inappropriate and you know what? It is dangerous too! That will catch the attention of somebody who shouldn't be looking. Sometimes I just want to go up to these people and just ask them, "Really-what the hell were you thinking? Really."

Okay now I am done ranting........:lol:

My wife wasa folding laundry the other day and I asked why I had never seen her in that thong before. She told me it was our 15 year old daughters. Needless to say I was floored but recovered quickly on my way to get the scissors. Thong went bye bye. Now I have to find out if its legal to tie a 15 year old to a chair and hold a gun on her for the next 3 years. I swear to God if she make me a grandpa before I'm 45 I'll kill her!

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Agree 100%! Have you looked at the bathing suit selection for young girls these days? It is really appalling! I'm sorry but my little 3½ year old does NOT belong in a string bikini! And that is literally what they are making these days-string bikinis for children.

When I get out and shop sometimes I am just in shock. I see these parents walking around with their young girls and these girls have on shorts almost showing their butt cheeks! I'm sorry but that is highly inappropriate and you know what? It is dangerous too! That will catch the attention of somebody who shouldn't be looking. Sometimes I just want to go up to these people and just ask them, "Really-what the hell were you thinking? Really."

Okay now I am done ranting........:lol:

My brother has an absolute fit about this. He doesn't even want my 6 year old niece wearing a two-piece bathing suit. Which is a little excessive, I guess he gets that from my dad who wouldn't let us wear two piece suits or shorts (except around the house, not to go anywhere). My sis-in-law complains about the inappropriate tee-shirts that say things like "Juicy". How is that appropriate for a 1st grader???

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LOL!!! I'm not laughing at you, but laughing with you!!! When our daughter was 14-15 she wanted to buy thongs rather than "traditional" undies .... NOT!!! It wasn't until she left home and had her own job that she could be her own!!!

My wife wasa folding laundry the other day and I asked why I had never seen her in that thong before. She told me it was our 15 year old daughters. Needless to say I was floored but recovered quickly on my way to get the scissors. Thong went bye bye. Now I have to find out if its legal to tie a 15 year old to a chair and hold a gun on her for the next 3 years. I swear to God if she make me a grandpa before I'm 45 I'll kill her!
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Grampie Nascar????? I don't think so!!!:shock:

My wife wasa folding laundry the other day and I asked why I had never seen her in that thong before. She told me it was our 15 year old daughters. Needless to say I was floored but recovered quickly on my way to get the scissors. Thong went bye bye. Now I have to find out if its legal to tie a 15 year old to a chair and hold a gun on her for the next 3 years. I swear to God if she make me a grandpa before I'm 45 I'll kill her!
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My wife wasa folding laundry the other day and I asked why I had never seen her in that thong before. She told me it was our 15 year old daughters. Needless to say I was floored but recovered quickly on my way to get the scissors. Thong went bye bye. Now I have to find out if its legal to tie a 15 year old to a chair and hold a gun on her for the next 3 years. I swear to God if she make me a grandpa before I'm 45 I'll kill her!

Not to get off topic but I am having a strong feeling of deja vu about this post for some reason........:lol::lol: I looked back over my posts and can't find any other posts that even pertain to this topic so I guess I am just losing my mind but anyways........:lol::lol::lol::lol:

Yeah my daughter will not wear a thong while she is in my home. I know that may sound extreme but really there are only 2 reasons to wear a thong: to be sexy for somebody or yourself, and to hide a pantyline. And these days they make full coverage panties that do that!!!! If your daughter presents you with the panty-line argument you tell her that!!!!

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My wife wasa folding laundry the other day and I asked why I had never seen her in that thong before. She told me it was our 15 year old daughters. Needless to say I was floored but recovered quickly on my way to get the scissors. Thong went bye bye. Now I have to find out if its legal to tie a 15 year old to a chair and hold a gun on her for the next 3 years. I swear to God if she make me a grandpa before I'm 45 I'll kill her!

The sad part is she will probably buy more and hide them from you or have a friend buy them for her.

Did anybody see the George Lopez episode where he found out his daughter was wearing thongs? I got a kick out of it when he said she could wear a retirement thong when she hit 70. :ROFLMAO2:

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