Man denies allegations of swingers club

August 15, 2008 2:30:39 PM PDT
An East Texas man accused of helping run swinger parties that forced children as young as 5 to have sex took the stand Friday, denying the charges against him. Patrick "Booger Red" Kelly, 41, is charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Last week an 11-year-old girl testified about taking "silly pills" and playing "doctor" with her younger brother at the so-called Mineola Swinger's Club, where prosecutors say the siblings performed for paying audiences.

Kelly denied knowledge of such pills or making children do any kind of sexual dancing or touching them when questioned by the defense.

If convicted, Kelly potentially faces life in prison. That was the sentence jurors handed down earlier this year in the trials of two others linked to the club, Jamie Pittman and Shauntel Mayo.

Kelly is accused of helping start a "kindergarten" where the children learned to have sex with each other and dance provocatively. From there, the children graduated to the sex club, which was a rented-out former daycare and hospital in the tiny railroad town of Mineola, about 75 miles east of Dallas.

To help perform, prosecutors say the children were given Vicodin-like drugs the adults passed off as "silly pills."

The alleged victims in the case include three siblings, who at the time of their outcries in 2005 were a 7-year-old girl, a 6-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. The siblings' aunt, who was 6, was allegedly forced to dance and have sex with the other children.

Four other defendants in the case are awaiting trial.

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