The Kittery Town Council voted to hold a disciplinary hearing for the management of Amazing Intimate Essentials over complaints of indecent conduct allegedly being committed in its viewing booths.
The council voted unanimously during its Monday meeting to ask Town Manager Kendra Amaral to speak with the code enforcement officer and town attorney prior to the Dec. 11 meeting and set a date for a special meeting to conduct the meeting. If the store is found responsible, the council could issue a fine, or suspend or revoke the store’s viewing booth license.
Police Chief James Soucy issued two men citations for allegedly engaging in “indecent conduct together” inside the same viewing booth on Nov. 9. The citation followed an unannounced compliance visit by police to the store, which is located on Route 236 near the Eliot town line. According to Kittery town ordinance, Amazing Intimate Essentials is permitted to operate the viewing booths, but the ordinance reads, “No more than one individual is allowed to occupy a viewing booth at any one time.”
“Our ordinance is very clear, that there is only to one person in the booth at the same time and the chief’s report indicates that was being violated,” said Amaral. “Right now I’m following the process.”
Soucy said police received a complaint about indecent conduct taking place at the store approximately three weeks ago and officers made a compliance stop a day earlier on Nov. 8 and both times witnessed, “similar indecent conduct,” but no one was issued a citation on either occasion. One man zipping up his pants was seen running out of the booths and the store when police arrived, the chief said. Another man was in the midst of an “indecent act” by himself in a booth, according to Soucy.
“This is still an active investigation and now the town is looking into the incident act as a possible ordinance violation,” said Soucy. “The complaint three weeks ago prompted an increase in compliance checks.”
The shop manager on duty at the store Monday declined to give her full name or to comment.
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