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Ex-Club Owner, Dancer Facing Prostitution Charges In Norwalk Seek Probation

Gene Morell, 60, of Norwalk, owner of The Office Café, a former strip club in Norwalk, was charged with promoting prostitution.
Gene Morell, 60, of Norwalk, owner of The Office Café, a former strip club in Norwalk, was charged with promoting prostitution. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department
Cassandra Bryan, 37, of Mount Vernon, N.Y., a former dancer at The Office Café, a defunct Norwalk strip club, was charged with prostitution and drug possession.
Cassandra Bryan, 37, of Mount Vernon, N.Y., a former dancer at The Office Café, a defunct Norwalk strip club, was charged with prostitution and drug possession. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department

NORWALK, Conn. -- The owner of a now-defunct adult club in Norwalk is seeking inclusion in a probation program that would strip away his criminal charges, according to a report by The Stamford Advocate.

Arrested in the December 2015 raid on The Office Café were Gene Morell, 60, two bartenders, several dancers, and a number of patrons, according to a report by the Daily Voice.

Morrell was charged with promoting prostitution.

One of the Liberty Square club’s exotic dancers, Casandra “Diamond” Bryan, a 37-year-old Mount Vernon, N.Y., resident, was charged with prostitution and selling and possessing marijuana.

According to The Stamford Advocate report, Bryan also appeared in state Superior Court in Stamford on Thursday to apply for the accelerated rehabilitation program.

If Morrell and Bryan can make it through two years of probation without getting arrested again, their charges will be tossed and removed from their records, The Stamford Advocate story said.

The raid came after undercover officers infiltrated the club in order to investigate dozens of complaints and anonymous tips about violence, thefts, drugs and other incidents there, according to the Daily Voice report.

To read The Stamford Advocate article, click here.

To read the previous Daily Voice report, click here.

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