Allegation of lewdness in video clouds Rum Bay license review

Patrons and one of the owners of the Rum Bay nightclub were caught on video camera allegedly performing simulated sexual acts with members of a traveling strip and oil wrestling troupe known as “Hollywood Knockouts,” Mesa County Administrator Jon Peacock said Monday.

The allegation of lewd activity may cost the bar, which is for sale, its liquor license.

Peacock signed a complaint against Rum Bay Sept. 30. The complaint alleges seven violations of state liquor law and conditions Mesa County tied to Rum Bay’s liquor license.

The two owners of the nightclub, Greg Rohlman and Tom Logsdon, are scheduled to appear before the Mesa County Commission on Oct. 20 for review of their liquor license.

On June 30, the bar’s owners were given a clear set of rules to follow in order to keep their license.

“No question we were surprised that after the recent scrutiny on their license that these activities would be engaged in,” Peacock said.

The county complaint alleges the bar’s owners allowed “entertainers and patrons to touch .... and to simulate sex acts.” The complaint also alleges that the bar’s video surveillance system was substandard, a violation of the bar’s conditions with the county. It was unclear whether the video of the activity was recorded by the bar’s surveillance system or another way.

On Monday, Michael J. Grattan, attorney for Rum Bay, asked the commission to delay any liquor license hearing until after the Nov. 4 election.

He told the commission that his clients’ case, given the media exposure the bar has had in the past, would become “a political football.”

The commission rejected Grattan’s motion and decided to press ahead with the Oct. 20 hearing.
Grattan also told the board that he, the bar’s owners and the county’s hired attorney for this case, Greg Mueller, have been discussing the “timely closing of the establishment.”

Mueller said the negotiations have been going on for the past few weeks.

“The ultimate goal here is to close the establishment down,” Mueller said. “We are attempting to negotiate, if possible.”

There is a pre-hearing conference for all concerned parties at 10 a.m. today. If a compromise is not reached, the Oct. 20 hearing will proceed as scheduled.

Neither Logsdon nor Rohlman returned phone calls for comment on this story.


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