The days of nude dancing at Body Talk are numbered.
Baltimore County officials and Dominic Stenti, the owner of the controversial striptease club in Rockdale, announced a settlement today in which Stenti has agreed to stop featuring nude dancing there after July 10.
The striptease club, which outraged neighbors when it opened last May and prompted a barrage of state and county efforts to shut the place, will continue to feature nude dancing until then.
After that, the business, in the 8100 block of Liberty Road, will revert to a pool hall and any women employees will be clothed, according to the agreement.
Stenti had appeared in county Circuit Court today on an appeal of a building code violation case, as well as on a criminal charge of selling alcohol on the premises. Body Talk has no liquor license and patrons brought their own booze until an emergency state law made that practice illegal three weeks ago.
In exchange for Stenti's agreeing to stop nude dancing at Body Talk, county attorneys agreed to withdraw a number of the charges. Stenti still must pay a $10,000 fine.
Judge James Smith refused to grant probation before judgment to Stenti on the illegal sale of alcohol charge, saying he wanted a conviction on Stenti's record in case of future problems.
"Yes, I'm happy," Bill Obriecht, former president of the Liberty Community Council and a leader in the citizen effort to close Body Talk, said of today's action.