Seattle strip clubs close, ending adult entertainment empire

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by TIM ROBINSON / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 8:27 AM

Updated Thursday, May 6 at 10:17 AM

SEATTLE -- It's the end of an infamous era: Four strip clubs scattered around the Puget Sound have closed - a result of an undercover operation by the FBI.

The patriarch and principal owner of the clubs, Frank Colacurcio Sr. and his son Frank Colacurcio Jr., will both face trial next January, but for now, their businesses are shut down.

Federal agents seized the clubs after three men pleaded guilty last week to charges of racketeering and prostitution.  As part of their plea deal, Leroy Christiansen, David Ebert and Steven Fueston get from 1-to-5 years probation but no jail time, and they didn't have to testify against either of the Colacurcios.

It's not clear how the plea deal will affect the Colacurcios' upcoming trial next year.

Patrons were seen leaving Rick's in Lake City early Thursday morning. Honey's in Everett is scheduled to be torn down, and another club is located in Pierce County. A fourth club in Shoreline closed earlier.

KING 5 News crews talked to people who live around the clubs and many expressed great relief about the closings. There will likely be a significant reaction when the outcome of the Colacurcios' trial is finalized in January.

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