NASSAU –– Fifteen people have been formally charged following an April 25 raid at a strip club in Palmdale.
Omar Gordon, a Jamaican who owns Club Pure on Madeira Street, faced business licence violations and was accused of abetting 14 women — 12 Jamaicans and two Bahamians — employed as dancers to commit grossly indecent acts.
When he appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes yesterday, Gordon was also accused of operating beyond hours, playing loud music, not displaying his licence in a conspicuous place, and failing to allow peace officers on his premises.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Gordon was arrested for allegedly breaching his licence requirements in January by operating beyond hours and not displaying his licence in a conspicuous place after a man was murdered outside his club.
Forbes denied Gordon bail because he allegedly committed those same offences while awaiting trial.
Bahamians Rickeya Rose and Amier Collie denied charges of committing a grossly indecent act as did Jamaicans Roxeanne Brooks, Keya Gayle, Simone Henry, Elsie Davis, Keloe Alvaranga, Kerry Ann Kelly, Crystal Jones, Dana Bryan, Nakesha Evans, Shamalnia Daley, Marsha Henry and Karan Darling.
Eight of the Jamaican women — Alvaranga, Gayle, Brooks, Kelly, Daley, Davis, Jones and Bryant — all denied charges that they were found working as dancers although they had no work permit. They also denied charges of overstaying.
Daley alone faces charges of having a forged Bahamian immigration entry stamp in her passport and a forged Bahamian immigration extension stamp in her passport. She pleaded not guilty.
Forbes set bail at $2,000 each for Rose and Collie. Darling was granted $1,500 cash bail.
Forbes deferred bail for the remaining women until Friday to give immigration authorities more time to do further investigations.
All of the defendants are set to return to court for trial on July 15.
Jomo Campbell appeared for all of the defendants.