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DA: Two won't face charges in probe of Rio's topless pool

16 September 2009

Las Vegas Sun

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- The Clark County District Attorney's office won't file charges against two women arrested in a Metro Police undercover operation in July at the Rio's Sapphire Pool.

Metro Police said in July that Phoenix Kuzara was arrested in connection with soliciting prostitution and Brooke Firks was arrested in connection with obstructing a public officer. A spokeswoman for the district attorney's office last week said charges won't be filed against either woman because of insufficient evidence.

The following women arrested at the Sapphire Pool on July 25 were charged by the district attorney's office with soliciting prostitution: Jennah Lieboff, Melissa Cortney Essmaker, Galiana Slavshea Georgieva, Elizabeth Alma Corbin, Tobi Jean Sorenson (two counts) and Inna Kokin (two counts).

Five of the women are scheduled to appear in court for misdemeanor arraignments on Sept. 24. Georgieva will appear on Sept. 25.

Charges haven't been filed against Michelle Campbell, who police said was arrested on two counts of soliciting prostitution; possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine; possession of a controlled substance – marijuana; and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

Other charges include those against Erica Faye Hefley and Victor Manuel Camarillo, who were charged with sale of cocaine, conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act and possession of cocaine with the intent to sell.

Hefley is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 24 for a felony arraignment. Camarillo will have a preliminary hearing on Jan. 14.

The Sapphire Pool was the Rio's topless pool, where Sapphire Gentlemen's Club dancers would appear topless during the day. The Rio made the decision to close the pool indefinitely after the arrests.

Charges haven't been filed against the Rio or the Sapphire Gentlemen's Club. The two had jointly operated the pool. Nevada Gaming Control Board Enforcement Division Chief Jerry Markling said he couldn't discuss whether the Rio would be fined.

Undercover Gaming Control officers were with Metro Police during the July 25 investigation, arrest affidavits indicated. Markling said Gaming Control officers often work with Metro Police during such investigations.

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