Lawsuit claims Scores strip club allowed disabled teen girl to be trafficked

Hillsborough County

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A 48-page lawsuit filed in Hillsborough County claims Scores Gentlemen’s Club hired a severely disabled teenager to perform at its Tampa location.

The girl, who’s identified as “Jane Doe” in the suit, had a mental capacity of a 13-year-old when the alleged trafficker brought her to the strip club.

The girl was introduced to the club in September of 2017, the suit says.

“At the time of the events at issue, Jane Doe was a developmentally disabled and severely emotionally disabled teenager who, as a result of her disabilities, had a developmental age that substantially lagged her chronological age,” the suit reads.

The suit says the teenager was “under the influence of an adult acquaintance, Roberto ‘Bobbie’ Torres, III, who facilitated Jane Doe running away from her home so as to make her indebted to him; sought to indoctrinate her into an adult sexualized lifestyle by illegally exposing her to adult entertainment establishments and employment; and manipulated her into engaging in commercial sexual performances that he could view.”

Roberto ‘Bobbie’ Torres, III / Courtesy: Polk County Sheriff’s Office

The lawsuit explains that those listed as defendants “materially assisted Torres in achieving the majority of his illegal and abusive goals.”

According to the suit, Scores knew the risks of involving a minor in the adult entertainment industry and how to mitigate those risks.

It’s unclear if strip club leadership was aware of the teenager’s true age.

While employed at the club, the suit says the teenager performed sexually explicit acts and held one-on-one sessions with individual men in private rooms.

The suit alleges abuse and sexual abuse of a minor, negligence, vicarious liability, unjust enrichment and pure bill of discovery.

8 On Your Side reached out to Luke Lirot, an attorney for Scores. He sent a lengthy response. Here’s part of it:

“It is important to note that the true perpetrators of any actual misconduct are Roberto Cesar Torres and Roberto Cesar Torres, Jr., and THEY ARE NOT EVEN NAMED IN THE COMPLAINT.

My clients intend to remedy this intentional oversight and to attempt to bring the Torres’ in as Third Party Defendants. Without their inclusion in this action, no just ends could be served by this lawsuit.

I would defer to the comments made in the responsive letters attached hereto, but I would also note that presenting oneself to a Gentlemen’s Club with valid ID, the photo upon which bears a striking likeness to the person presenting it, with a birthdate showing her to be at least 21 years of age, satisfies the due diligence required of being allowed to perform at such a club.

No aspect of “Jane Doe’s” appearance or characteristics exhibited anything other than a person of legal age, desirous of enjoying the opportunities provided by a dance club which focuses on the lawful and responsible presentations of performances protected by the First Amendment, and the lawful and responsible sale of alcoholic beverages.

The inflammatory and accusatory tone of the Complaint, which never once names the Torres’, reveals the true goals of this Complaint, none of which represent any therapeutic or sincere effort to accomplish anything other than obtaining money.

It is unfortunate that “Jane Doe” is being forced to relive whatever adversities were occasioned on her by the Torres’ misdeeds, but my clients are not responsible for forcing any further discomfort on “Jane Doe.”

It is unfortunate that the Torres’ engaged in the intentional conduct which created these issues, and no one should be exploited or victimized, but my clients were not part of that process. Their trust and resources have been similarly exploited and we are confident that the accusations made against them will be proven untrue.

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