Friday, March 20, 2009

Gay Bar Sex Complaint Resolved with Fine in Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nv. (Observer Update)- Nevada gambling regulators are recommending a $50,000 fine and a 6-month suspension of a slot machine license to resolve a complaint alleging that several patrons in a Las Vegas Gay bar engaged in sex acts in public areas of the bar.

The settlement signed by Snick's Place owner Dominick Vitale and state Gaming Control Board members would resolve a 7-count complaint filed in December. Each count is punishable by a fine of up to $100,000. Also, the club's license for up to 15 slot machines could have been revoked.

The proposed settlement with Vitale and Snick's, which advertises itself as the oldest Gay bar in Las Vegas, dating to 1976, will be reviewed by the board's parent state Gaming Commission at a March 19 meeting in Las Vegas. Vitale's attorney, Bob Lueck, has said Vitale wasn't in the bar when the alleged activity occurred, and after getting reports of the activity he fired a bartender and took other steps to prevent future occurrences.

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