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On Friday, Tepe warned Reese he would go to prison for 12 months if he failed to meet the conditions of his probation, including substance abuse treatment and “intensive supervision” to ensure he abstained from using drugs or alcohol.
“You miss a session, you go to prison,” Tepe said.
Last month, Tepe granted the dancer, Courtney Rogers, 25, of Springfield treatment in lieu of conviction She was indicted on the same charges filed against Reese.
Two other dancers were convicted on prostitution charges in Franklin Municipal Court.
The other manager, Mark G. Butterfield III, 27, of Cincinnati, Ohio, has yet to be arraigned for permitting drug abuse, according to court records.
And the business itself is scheduled for another hearing in April.
The case began in December 2016, plain-clothes law enforcement officers began an investigation into reported drug trafficking activity at New York, New York strip club in Franklin, according to a November press release from Fornshell. On multiple occasions, officers observed Reese, the night manager at New York, New York, provide cocaine to Rogers, a dancer with the stage name “Giselle,” who in turn sold the cocaine to customers, the release said.
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At least one drug trafficking transaction occurred directly in front of Butterfield, the day manager at New York, New York. Reese and N.Y.N.Y., Inc. were also charged with misdemeanor counts for permitting nude dancing in the establishment after midnight in violation of Ohio law, according to the release.
In January, Reese pleaded guilty to cocaine trafficking, illegally operating a sexually oriented business possession of cocaine and permitting drug abuse, all low-level felonies or misdemeanors, setting the stage for Friday’s sentencing.