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Owensville Residents Outraged Over Swinger's Club

Reporter: Tanya Jourdain

Web Producer: Brad Maglinger

It's a small, quiet town of 1,400 that is known for its yearly watermelon festival.

"We are a religious community you might say," says Owensville town councilman Bernard Thompson. "We have a lot of church going people who are God-fearing people, and this is not something they desire, I can assure you of that."

What some residents don't desire is just outside the city limits. Behind boarded-up windows is a swinger's club.

"We basically feel that it's not something we want in our community," says Thompson. "We don't want anything to upset our image as a nice, clean, little town."

The club's Web site advertises a dance floor, DJ, ten "play rooms" and showers. The club also welcomes overnight guests. The owner of "Club Escapades" tells Newswatch it's a private club for consenting couples only. He stresses that the club is simply an alternative life-style, and absolutely legal.

"It's not illegal. In my opinion, it's just immoral," Thompson says.

So, doesn't Gibson County have any zoning laws? Norma Tillerson, an Owensville Resident, says, "Well, they better start making some."

Still, some residents don't want it anywhere near their small town of Owensville, even if it is past the city limits.

"No, I don't approve of it. I've got grandkids," says Tillerson. "No. They see enough as it is and now they've got the swingers here and the strippers over there. That's a fine how-do-you-do in this small town, you know?"

Others say as long as the club keeps a low-profile, no harm is being done. Others like resident Brett Short. "I think what people do in their own time is their own business," says Short.

Indiana Excise Police officer Pat Fulford says he plans to check into the ''bring your own booze'' passage in the club's advertisement because such arrangements are illegal in Indiana.

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