TOPSHAM, Maine -- A 'girlie show' at the Topsham Fair was closed down Thursday by fair managers at the request of local police who said the dancing girls were performing sexual acts with men in the audience.
The 'Hollywood Palace' show, owned by George Gilmore of Strong, was shut down because the dancing girls allegedly had sexual intercourse with men in the audience, said Topsham Police Chief Daniel Parlin.
Gilmore's 'Hollywood Palace' show is one of several dancing girl shows that are an annual attraction at many of Maine's fairs, including the Skowhegan Fair, the Bangor State Fair and the Litchfield Fair.
District Attorney John R. Atwood said he is considering bringing charges of prostitution against the operators of the show and the dancers.
'I've got to determine who to charge,' Atwood said Thursday. 'If someone knew what was going on and took a percentage, then he would have to be guilty of promotion of prostitution,'
Parlin said local officials are also considering pressing charges of indecency against the dancers because they were dancing naked, which is prohibited by Maine's decency law.
Women are allowed to dance in G-strings in public, but are barred by law from performing nude, Parlin said.
Authorities moved to close the show after two reporters for the Brunswick Times-Record attended the show Wednesday evening. The newspaper published an account of the illicit activities in its Thursday edition.
The Times-Record account said four women came onstage and took off all their clothes and danced. The women then walked into the audience gathered inside a tent and had sexual intercourse with several customers, the report said.
Gilmore said he had not been aware of what was going on inside the 'Hollywood Palace' tent.
'I don't go in the girl shows,' Gilmore said.