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Manager pleads guilty in Franklin strip club case

The manager of a Franklin strip club pleaded guilty on Tuesday to trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine, two counts of permitting drug abuse, and illegally operating a sexually oriented business.

Judge Timothy Tepe is to sentence Michael Reese, 37, of Miamisburg on March 9 in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

In January 2017, Reese, a night manager at the New York, New York strip club in Franklin, was observed by plain-clothes law enforcement officers on multiple occasions handing cocaine to a co-defendant in the case, Courtney A. Rogers, a dancer with the stage name “Giselle,” according to a press release issued Tuesday by the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.

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Rogers , would then allegedly sell the cocaine to customers. Reese told officers that the dancers received a portion of the proceeds from the drug transactions, according to the release. Reese was also allowing nude dancing to occur past midnight, in violation of the law, the release said.

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“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,” said Warren County Prosecutor David P. Fornshell in the press release.

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“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,” Fornshell added.

Rogers is scheduled for a hearing on a treatment in lieu of conviction plea hearing on Feb. 7.

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