By Mike Fletcher Kokomo Tribune
---- — The attorney for Dan Dumoulin II, the strip club owner accused of promoting prostitution and corrupt business influence, is seeking to have his case tried outside of Howard County.
Dumoulin’s attorneys, Stephanie Doran of Kokomo and James Voyles of Indianapolis, filed for a change of venue in Howard Superior Court 2 earlier this month stating Dumoulin would be unable to receive a fair trial due to the pretrial publicity in the case.
A hearing on the motion is set for Nov. 19.
Kokomo police arrested Dumoulin in September on six counts of promoting prostitution and two counts of corrupt business influence.
According to charging information filed in Howard Superior Court 2, two of Dumoulin’s bartenders and several unnamed former and current dancers told police that patrons were charged $125 to take a dancer into a private room. Police believe Dumoulin took a cut of those proceeds.
Kokomo police investigators said at least 20 sexual contacts between a confidential informant and dancers at Big Daddy’s Show Club and Little Daddy’s Show Club led to the felony charges against Dumoulin.
Police said they obtained audio recordings of contacts between dancers and the unnamed informant, who police said has assisted on previous, unrelated drug investigations.
Police used statements and recordings from the informant to obtain search warrants in May for both clubs, seizing cash, computers and other potential evidence.
Seven women who worked at Dumoulin’s clubs were arrested that same month on prostitution charges.
The most serious charge against Dumoulin involves allegations that one of the dancers was 17 years old when she began prostituting herself at Big Daddy’s.
Police said they interviewed the woman, identified as either “SMT” or “Monica” in the affidavit, this month with her attorney present.
She claimed she hadn’t been asked for proof of her age and she told bar staff she was 18. Because she was allegedly a minor when the activity occurred, Dumoulin was charged with promoting prostitution as a Class B felony. Class A conviction on a Class B felony could carry a 20-year prison sentence.