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Youth group shocked by barely-dressed woman pole-dancing outside strip club

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By Sarah Heath By Sarah Heath

(KMOV) -- A nearly-naked woman dancing on a pole near a public street while kids watch: that very sight is shocking people who live in one Metro-East town.

A pastor, who took pictures of the incident, says the woman was dancing outside a strip club in Washington Park around 6 p.m. Monday.  Children from his youth group were watching as they drove by.

“I was horrified by it to be honest with you to know that can go on in the community, un-checked and it’s just okay, I was really horrified by that,” said Larry Thomas.

So News 4 had to find out; who’s really responsible and what can be done to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“We won’t tolerate girls dancing outside, no,” said Washington Park Mayor James Jones. “What can be done about that?” asked News 4 Reporter Lauren Trager “If we catch them, they can be arrested,” Jones said.

Mayor Jones had no idea about these pictures until we showed him Wednesday.

A woman, who is wearing a bikini, is seen dancing around a pole outside a strip club.

Until just about six months ago, the place was the public library.

“They shouldn’t be dressed like that and outside, period,” the Mayor said.

But Mayor Jones suggests there’s more to the story.              

We spoke with club manager Douglas Knowles who says the woman in the picture does not work for him.

“Is that one of your girls?” Trager asked. “No,” Knowles said. “So what were they doing out front here?” Trager asked. “I don’t know,” Knowles said.

Knowles says there’s an explanation for the poles out front.

“That’s just to divide where I park at and where all the workers park at” Knowles said.

Knowles believes owners from club Hollywood down the street hired the woman to dance on their property to make them look bad.

A manager at club Hollywood denied it, but wouldn’t tell me on camera.

Knowles said they’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again. The mayor said police, too, will be stepping up patrols.

But it may not be that easy. Prosecutors tell News 4, technically-the woman’s actions alone, aren’t against state law.

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