Kokomo strip club owner Dan Dumoulin II’s bid for to have his trial held outside of Howard County has been denied, setting up a possible August trial date.
Dumoulin, 40, faces six felony charges of promoting prostitution and two felony charges of corrupt business influence in connection with a 2013 raid on two of his bars.
Police say some of the dancers at Dumoulin’s Big Daddy’s Show Club and Little Daddy’s Show Club committed acts of prostitution at the clubs, and that Dumoulin took a cut of the illegal proceeds.
Dumoulin was arrested last September, a few months after police raided the two clubs.
Seven women who worked at Dumoulin’s clubs were arrested that same month on prostitution charges.
Howard Superior Court II Judge Brant Parry denied Dumoulin’s motion for a change of venue last week, saying news articles about the case were not overly sensationalized or inflammatory.
Dumoulin’s lawyers had submitted 52 articles from the Kokomo Tribune and the Kokomo Perspective mentioning Dumoulin, some dating back seven years prior to Dumoulin’s criminal 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. A Class B felony, the charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Dumoulin, who is free on bond, is now scheduled to go on trial starting on Aug. 26.
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