'Sultan Of Sleaze' In Fight With A Nudist Camp Again

May 09, 1991|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff writer

A man dubbed Washington's "Sultan of Sleaze" has ended his legal cease-fire with a Crownsville nudist camp, charging officials there slandered him during a police investigation in Florida that ended with his arrest on a child pornography charge.

Dennis Sobin, a self-proclaimed "sexual libertine activist" whose sexually oriented businesses have included escort services, an adult bookstore, "dial-a-porn" phone lines, massage parlors and "nude touchy-feely clubs," filed a $100,000 suit against Pine Tree Associates, operators of the Pine Tree Nudist Community, yesterday in county Circuit Court.

In the suit, Sobin says a former board member from the club violated terms of a July 1990 settlement by telling authorities in Pasco County, Fla., that Sobin had been a member of the Crownsville Club.

Sobin, 47, of Alexandria, Va., also says club officials slandered and libeled him by lying to investigators.

The 1990 settlement had ended a dispute between Sobin and the club involving Sobin's expulsionas a club member for "lewd conduct" and his attempts to sell a cabinhe owned at the club. Underthe settlement, Sobin received a suspended sentence for contempt of court, ownership of the cabin was transferred to his wife, and restrictions were placed on when he could visit the facility.

When the settlement was reached, Sobin apologized for harassing club officials.

A copy of a police report included in the suit filed yesterday shows Sobin was arrested Feb. 20 and chargedwith videotaping his 8-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter in sexually suggestive poses at a nudist camp in Land O' Lakes, Fla. The report shows Sobin admitted videotaping his children in the nude, but denied any wrongdoing and said he was taping them for a promotional video for the American Sunbathing Association.

Sobin says the club paid for a representative to testify against him at a hearing in April. He also charged that club officials told investigators of his sexually oriented activities in Washington and slandered him by falsely telling investigators he made an "erotic film" at Pine Tree.

Sobin says the actions of the Pine Tree officials influenced a judge to refuseto lower his bond and delayed the dropping of criminal charges against him.

Pine Tree officials could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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