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Sexy Dancer Case Ends in Mistrial After Officers’ Names Surface

February 12, 1993

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) _ The case against a stripper accused of illegal ″lap dances″ was declared a mistrial when the defense reported she had performed the same act for police at a bachelor party.

″It doesn’t seem right to come in and pay a girl a hundred dollars to lap dance for you and tie you up, and the next night come in and arrest her,″ defense attorney Mitchell Denker said Wednesday.

Lap dancing involves women gyrating on men’s laps in various stages of undress.

Frances Lee Taylor, 30, was charged with lewd acts connected with her job as a dancer at Upstairs at Rumrunner’s, a local topless bar. Taylor was arrested by Key West detectives with about 30 other women in a police sweep of topless bars last fall.

On Tuesday, the defense submitted a new list of witnesses that included a city policeman, who was allegedly tied up in a party at the bar.

The defense said as many as 20 policemen regularly stopped by the bar after work.

Assistant State Attorney Rolando Castineyra asked County Judge Wayne Miller for a mistrial, saying the witness list came too late for prosecutors to prepare their cross examination.

″That information was pretty new to us,″ he said.

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