An adult bookstore along a busy Kentucky highway has been permanently closed after two deaths and more than 30 violations on the premises, the sheriff’s office said.
The Horse Cave Adult Book Store, which sits just off Interstate 65 in what was once a shopping mall, has closed after three years of reports of illegal activity, the Hart County Sheriff’s Department announced Tuesday. in a Facebook post.
The sheriff’s office said the owners of the business, at 845 Flint Ridge Road in Horse Cave, agreed in a court hearing Aug. 31 to permanently shut down the operation. They also agreed to “an act restriction that prohibits the sale of sexually explicit activity and merchandise,” the sheriff’s office said.
The executive judge and Hart County Tax Court had recently updated the county’s ordinance dealing with “sexually explicit businesses” and, at the request of the Hart County Tax Court, the county attorney had filed a civil suit. against the operators of the adult bookstore, accusing them of “operating a clean-up house,” the sheriff’s office said.
There were also ongoing cases involving the company in district court, according to the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office said that in 2019, they and members of the Grand Hardin County Drug Task Force “began performing required checks on illegal activity” at the bookstore, after complaints from people ” intoxicated, people causing trouble at other local businesses, physical assaults, and selling birds substance “.
“The adult book store has been cited for more than thirty violations of the ‘license required to operate a place of amusement,'” the sheriff’s office said in the post. “Over the course of three years, numerous citations and arrests have been made for indecent exposure, resulting from undercover officers entering the establishment and observing people having sexual contact inside the bookstore during that period.”
The sheriff’s office said the bookstore also sells illegal “poppers,” intended to enhance sexual function and “labeled as volatile substances.”
“A search warrant has been obtained and all ‘popper’ substances as well as other controlled substances have been seized,” the sheriff’s office wrote.
On two occasions people have died after being found in the company’s “back room”, advertised as a “video arcade” which customers paid a fee to enter. Inside were booths and “videos of assorted sex acts”. The sheriff’s office said undercover officers went to the bookstore and got “clarifications” about the operation.
“These cabins were used for sex acts with strangers in the adjacent cabin,” the sheriff’s office said. “Sofas and other paraphernalia were provided by the company to promote sex acts on the premises.”