ALTON, Ill. (AP) -- Alton's new police chief, David Hayes, says he will crack down on nudity in local taverns, and his policy has led to the lewd entertainment charges against an allegedly topless female bartender.
The woman, 22-year-old Jessica L. Thomas of Collinsville, was arrested early Thursday morning at a tavern called the Pub Room during a police compliance check of a half-dozen establishments.
Although she wasn't topless when apprehended, the arresting officer reported that he saw Thomas run to the back of the tavern unclad above the waist. The report says Thomas also works at a strip club near East St. Louis.
Hayes says he is working with the Madison County State's Attorney's Office to bring state-level charges of public indecency against Thomas.
The current charge against Thomas is a city ordinance violation.
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