Bar faces discipline over reported public sex acts
Map of Las Vegas Eagle
3430 E. Tropicana Avenue, Suite 47, Las Vegas
Nevada gaming regulators are moving to discipline a Las Vegas bar where they say agents witnessed patrons performing sex acts in view of other customers.
The State Gaming Control Board last week filed a nine-count complaint against Judy R. Nelson, dba Las Vegas Eagle, a bar with a restricted gaming license allowing slot machines at 3430 E. Tropicana Avenue at Pecos Road.
The complaint, filed with the Nevada Gaming Commission, says that since July 2011 the board “has received numerous complaints regarding inappropriate activity” there and that agents found on Craigslist “sexually suggestive postings” for the bar featuring photos of genitalia.
Gaming and Clark County business licensing agents visited the bar and at various times through November 2011 and April of this year, agents witnessed lewd activity, including a competition where five individuals bared their buttocks in public and other incidents in which patrons had sex in view of other customers, the complaint says.
“The board investigation revealed that the Las Vegas Eagle has a history of nudity and lewd activity occurring on the premises. Further, respondent (Nelson) was previously warned by Clark County regarding the activity and respondent agreed to take corrective action,” the complaint says.
The complaint says the alleged conduct violated regulations and the “proper standards of custom, decorum and decency and/or reflects or tends to reflect on the repute of the state of Nevada and acts as a detriment to the gaming industry.”
The Las Vegas Eagle remains open with Clark County liquor and gaming licenses and its state gaming license.
The Nevada Gaming Commission will adjudicate the complaint, which seeks an unspecified fine and action against Nelson’s gaming license that could range from limits to conditions, suspension or revocation.
In an interview Monday, Nelson acknowledged there was some lewd activity at the bar during an April “underwear night” promotion and said she hadn’t approved of that conduct and was unaware of it until after the fact.
She said that as soon as she found out about the incidents, she canceled the promotion. Nelson said a longtime bartender employed at the Las Vegas Eagle was responsible for the problems and he’s no longer employed there.
“I hope they go easy on me,” she said, adding she’s been operating the Las Vegas Eagle for 25 years and this is the first time she’s faced discipline by gaming regulators.