What is Ohio law on strip clubs? Charge that led to Stormy Daniels’ Ohio arrest explained


The misdemeanor charge that was dismissed against porn star Stormy Daniels after a performance at a Columbus strip club Wednesday night was the same allegation made against several dancers after an investigation and raid at The Harem last year.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, had been scheduled to appear in Franklin County Municipal Court on Friday before the charge was dropped. She was accused of putting both hands on an undercover female police officer’s buttocks and breast and putting her own breast in the officer’s face, according to the complaint.

RELATED: No prison time yet for 11 defendants from The Harem

The Ohio Revised Code statute reads, in part: “No employee who regularly appears nude or seminude on the premises of a sexually oriented business, while on the premises of that sexually oriented business and while nude or seminude, shall knowingly touch a patron.”

Like the defendants in The Harem case, Daniels was described as wearing a G-string and being topless during the alleged activity.

The prosecution of an 84-count indictment against 11 defendants at the Harrison Twp. club called a “sex and drug den” by Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck. Jr. led to only one prison sentence.

RELATED: Agent describes sex, drug transactions at the club

Samantha Clay, 29, of Dayton, faced 33 counts and pleaded guilty in March to one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, four counts of illegal sexual activity in a sexually oriented business, three counts of cocaine trafficking, seven counts of aggravated drug trafficking and two counts of illegal use of food stamps.

Clay was sentenced to three years in prison for the conspiracy charge, and all other counts were run concurrently. For the illegal sexual activity count (like Daniels faces), Clay was sentenced to 90 days local incarceration.

RELATED: Judge orders Harem nightclub to close for one year

Five other dancers among the defendants received either probation or intervention in lieu of conviction (ILC) for violating the law in question.

Heck was successful in a civil action to shutter the business for a year by having it declared a nuisance. The Ohio Liquor Control Commission also recently revoked the club’s liquor permit.

A billboard on Interstate 75 for months has touted Daniels’ appearance at a Dayton-area club in early August.

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