Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Steve Stenger: Won't Have "Teen Orgy Environments" in His District

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 8:08 AM

click to enlarge Yep, photos from 12-12 look like any old night in South County. - VIA FACEBOOK
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  • Yep, photos from 12-12 look like any old night in South County.
Entrepreneur Mark Johnson's proposal to build a teenage nightclub in south St. Louis County has the councilman for that district vowing to do everything he can to block the effort.

"Johnson has a track record," warns St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger in today's Post-Dispatch. "What he operates are basically teen orgy environments where kids go to display their worst behavior."

At issue is Johnson's other teen club, 12-12 in north St. Louis County where teenage patrons have been blamed for harassing nearby businesses, getting into fights, firing guns and tampering with vehicles. The club, open only to kids aged 14 to 18, also attracts gang members, according to police.

Soul-sucking or just child's play? - VIA FACEBOOK
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  • Soul-sucking or just child's play?
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Soul-sucking or just child's play?
Worse than that -- in some peoples' minds -- are the club's questionable theme nights, such as an August party titled "Welcome 2 My Sex Room" in which girls were encouraged to wear their pajamas. A July party featured a flier (right) with a woman suggestively sucking on a lollipop. Girls who brought a sucker to the party got a discount at the door.

So, are we to believe that a club in South County would get a similar crowd and behavior?

Stenger apparently believes so, telling the daily paper: "I have spoken to my constituents and to police in South County and neither group wants any part of this club."

Johnson, a 42-year-old mortgage broker from Jefferson County blames his business partner, Mark Williams (described as a real-estate speculator from North County) for problems at 12-12. His says his club proposed for 3924 Lemay Ferry Road (near Lindbergh Boulevard) would be more family friendly. 

"I don't want to throw my friend under the bus, but I have lost faith in the ownership group at 12-12," says Johnson.

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