A Houston police officer was able to identify a 16-year-old runaway during an undercover operation at a Texas strip club — but only after she performed a topless lap dance for him.
Several members of the department’s Vice Division reported to the Fantasy Plaza the night of June 10, 2017 to search for a minor reported missing by her family a day earlier, according to a police report obtained by the Houston Chronicle.
Upon their arrival, one officer spotted who he believed to be the missing teen and requested a private dance with her. The officer said he was later able to confirm her identity thanks to a mole that became visible when she removed her top.
“After a few moments she turned around and straddled me and began to grind her groin onto mine, simulating sexual intercourse,” the officer wrote in his report.
“She then placed her breasts against my face while dancing before pulling away and leaning back while continuing to stimulate sexual intercourse. It was at this time I was able to observe a small mole on her upper middle chest area below her collar bone which was consistent with the photographs officers had been provided.”
Authorities later arrested a pair of strip club employees and the manager for sexually oriented business ordinance violations and harmful employment of a minor. Two of the cases have since been dismissed.
“You send a couple of Vice officers in there and they spend a couple of hours drinking and watching the girls, they have to justify why they’re there with a couple of cases and that’s what they’ll do,” he told the Chronicle.
The department did not immediately return the Daily News’ request for comment, and declined to discuss the matter with the Chronicle.
A judge on Thursday ordered the club be closed down because officers have made more than 30 arrests — for crimes including prostitution — since 2014, KTRK reported.
Earlier this month, owners of the Fantasy Plaza filed a lawsuit against the City of Houston, claiming they were losing money to the city’s “preferential treatment of other clubs.”
Did he not have a photo of her? Could he not have detained her for questioning? Nothing sounds right about this.