31-year-old Matthew Byrd was found in the company of the minor and two other dancers only a few days after being sworn in as a North Randall auxiliary police officer. Byrd had yet to suit up for any shifts, however, and now he probably won't. The police department let him go after learning of the incident at Christie's.
Byrd and the girls were also in the company of a convicted sex offender. The paper identifies this individual as 28-year-old Michael Sperber; in 2004 he was charged with rape, and his record also has previous charges of sexual battery and gross sexual imposition.
It all started one simple Thursday night, with a pair of stolen stripper boots. From there, it just got weird . . . and highly illegal.
According to the Chronicle-Telegram, the police arrived at Christie’s Cabaret in Brunswick last Thursday after one of the club's dancers phoned in about stolen property. Christie's is on Pearl Road, and has great drink specials . . . we've been told . . .
Anyway, as a note to topless dancers everywhere: if you're working a shady establishment, you probably want to handle theft in-house. Once the police started poking around your club, they're going to find something else worthy of a criminal charge or two. In this case, the officers stubbed their toes on a car in the parking lot holding three young dancers, two men, and, after a search, the stolen stripper boots.
But by that time the police were less interested in the stolen property than the individuals. Two of the ladies provided false identification. Initially claiming the guys in the cars were cousins, the women then admitted they'd met the men that night and were on the way back to smoke weed in their hotel room. Turns out, one of the men was a registered sex offender. All things considered, these are two lucky shadeballs — if the cops hadn't started asking questions, one of those guys might have been a repeat offender.
It wasn't until the actual identities of the girls were discovered that things got interesting: two of the dancers, Leanna Long and Ashley Turner, were 18. The unidentified third was only 17-year-old — which means the club was employing an underage girl.
The two of-age women were slapped with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and child endangerment. The juvenile faces theft charges for the purloined stripper boots.
As of right now, the club hasn't been hit with fines or infractions for the minor's presence, but the matter has been passed along to the state. But, as the paper reports it, somebody adult along the way probably should have caught on earlier: in her application girl wrote her real name, then simply crossed it out and scribbled in the fake name corresponding with the fake ID