Karaoke bar raided as strip club

When it opened several months ago, DJ's Karaoke Cafe was touted as a place for good, clean fun.

But police, who raided the Somerset club Saturday night, say there was a lot more than off-key singing going on.

An undercover informant had visited the club Friday night, equipped with a hidden video camera, and bought a “bottomless” lap dance from a woman working there, Somerset Police Detective Shannon Smith said Sunday.

In the background of the video, police could see liquor being sold, and slot machines, Smith said.

Alcohol sales and gambling aren't allowed in Somerset. There is an ordinance for adult entertainment businesses patterned after Lexington's, but neither the owner of DJ's nor anyone else has applied for a license, Smith said.

Attempts to reach DJ's Sunday were unsuccessful; a telephone number listed for the business had been disconnected.

Police seized alcohol, eight electronic gambling devices, financial records and cash Saturday. They also observed that several female employees were wearing lingerie, Smith said.

No charges have been filed; Smith said police want to talk with prosecutors first.

The cafe is on North Main Street, only about half a mile from the police station and courthouse. Smith said police started getting numerous tips early this month that karaoke wasn't the main attraction at DJ's.

“I can understand somewhat they might have had anonymity if they had been way out in county,” Smith said. “But this is a conservative town. When word spread about this, it spread rapidly.”