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06-13-2009, 07:55 PM

Strip-club owner's trial starts Monday

By Adriana M. Chávez / El Paso Times ([email protected]?subject=El Paso Times: Strip-club owner's trial starts Monday)
Posted: 06/13/2009 12:00:00 AM MDT

EL PASO -- After five years of legal wrangling, a 66-year-old businesswoman is to stand trial Monday on charges that she prostituted dancers at her now-defunct El Paso strip club.
Jeannie Coutta is charged with promotion of prostitution and four counts of engaging in organized criminal activity.
Coutta and her business partner, Phyllis Woodall, were arrested in 2004 after a 14-month police investigation of their Naked Harem club at 6345 Alameda.
Police began the investigation because of allegations that minors were working as strippers at the club. This led to Coutta, Woodall and two of the club's managers being charged in the prostitution case.
A jury in 2006 convicted Woodall, 52, of engaging in organized criminal activity and aggravated promotion of prostitution. She was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
In a 2005 court affidavit, police said two 15-year-old girls and a 17-year-old girl worked as a strippers at the club and were paid to perform sexual acts on customers in the club's VIP rooms.
During Woodall's trial, dancer Mari Snider, who worked at the club for six months in 2003, testified that Woodall said sex was not allowed in the club. But, Snider said, another dancer told her that sex for pay was allowed if dancers were willing.
A former El Paso County sheriff's deputy, Ramon Alvarez, testified that he had frequented the club for years and paid for sex several times. He said he stopped going to the club after he learned of the police investigation. In
an interview last year, Coutta said she and Woodall were "set up" by employees who hired underage girls.
Jurors for Coutta's trial were chosen Friday. Opening statements will begin at 7:30 a.m. Monday before District Judge David Guaderrama in 243rd District Court.
The two club managers arrested in the prostitution case, Maria Brooks, 53, and Sandra Zepeda, 44, are awaiting trial. Brooks' trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 22. Zepeda's trial date is still pending. Adriana M. Chávez may be reached at [email protected];546-6117.

06-15-2009, 12:41 PM
Naked Harem was a s#!thole. Unfortunately, even though this club closed some time ago, other s#@thole clubs have taken its place ! At least the owners of the other club are a little smarter about their heavy extras 'business model' i.e. their chosen location is one block beyond the El Paso city limits !!!

07-21-2009, 10:05 PM
That place was nasty! I worked there before it closed down. But all of El Pisshole sucks anyways.