18 people arrested at Jaguars Night Club during a police operation in Odessa

ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) – The Odessa Police Department arrested 18 people at Jaguars Night Club on July 10 during a permit inspection. Officers determined that the company was actively involved in sexual activity. Management had been repeatedly informed in writing of the requirements to obtain and maintain a business license over the previous two years, according to the OPD. The names of those arrested have not been released.

Below is an outline of the affidavit.

Probable cause of the arrest of:

Count(s): Violation of a Sexually Related Business License or Permit (City Ordinance 4-5 – Local Government Code 243.010(b)), MA

Arrested for violation of the 4-5 ordinance of the city of Odessa. Violations included failure to license a sexual business as required, solicitation of prostitution, and other violations contained in the order.

On 10/07/2022, at approximately 11:30 p.m., officers from the Odessa Police Department conducted an inspection of Jaguars Night Club, located at 6824 Cargo Road, Odessa, Ector, Texas. Jaguars is classified as a sex business (SOB) under Odessa City Ordinance 4-5.

Upon inspection, officers determined that the business was actively involved in activities of a sexual nature as defined by Chapter 4-5 of the Odessa City Ordinance. Jaguars management had already been informed on several occasions in writing of the requirements to obtain a business license and other health and safety requirements established under the order. In addition, officers from the Odessa Police Department carried out inspections which resulted in enforcement actions on two occasions.

It was determined that Jaguars did not have an active sexually oriented business license, which expired on 04/13/2022. Previously, Jaguars staff members and written letters provided by Jaguars lawyer representing their company stated that Jaguars voluntarily operated as a “bikini bar” and therefore was not classified as an SOB establishment, but they did not want give up their SOB license. Advice from citizens provided to the Odessa Police Department and information developed by Odessa Police Department officers indicated that Jaguars were operating contrary to their claim that they were operating in a “bikini bar”.

An operation was planned and undercover agents observed numerous artists and non-artists engaging in conduct requiring a sexual commercial license. According to the municipal ordinance, all persons working in an establishment carrying out activities regulated by the SOB are required to obtain a permit, regardless of the position they hold.

All arrested parties were charged with violating the ordinance of the City of Odessa Sec. 4-5 – Commercial Sex License Requirements, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year imprisonment and/or a $1,000 fine. The cases have been forwarded to the Ector County District Attorney’s Office for review.

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