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April 23, 2013

2 arrested in alleged prostitution at club

Undercover ABLE agents assist in Wagoner County investigation

— Two owners of a Wagoner County strip club are awaiting charges after their arrest in alleged prostitution.

Steven Charles Boydston, 56, and his wife, Catherine Jo Boydston, 27, were arrested Saturday night as part of a three-month undercover investigation into their business, Secret Cavern.

The club is off of Oklahoma 51, west of the Muskogee Turnpike.

“We started doing the undercover operation on the bar after we got a tip about some illegal activities going on there,” said Mike Moore, the director of the District 27 Drug Task Force. “We visited the bar a few times undercover and discovered some prostitution.”

Moore said Catherine Boydston appeared to be the only woman in the building and that she was acting as the club’s prostitute.

“It was never even a strip club,” he said. “Basically, how it works is guys go in there, they pay to have sex and then they leave.

“Anytime that we went in there, she was the only woman in there.”

Moore said computers seized at the business had pictures of more women who may have been prostitutes there at some point.

The Boydstons, who were arrested on pandering complaints, are free from the Wagoner County Detention Center on $30,000 bond. Neither has been charged.

Moore said charges could be filed against customers of the club after the evidence is looked through.

“It’s still an open, active investigation,” he said. “We have all kinds of things to go through — lists, receipts and computers.”

The Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission assisted with the investigation. Agent Pedro Zardeneta said local authorities were afraid that their deputies would be recognized, so ABLE agents did some of the undercover work.

“They were having a hard time cracking the case, because they were afraid the owners would recognize law enforcement and get spooked,” Zardeneta said. “District 27 asked us to assist, and we were able to get some information.”

Zardeneta said the agents also discovered liquor law violations.

Steven Boydston entered a blind plea May 3, 2011, to pandering and outraging public decency.

He received a five-year deferred sentence for the first count and a two-year deferred sentence for the second count. No return court date has been set.

Catherine Boydston was convicted May 3, 2011, of outraging public decency in a similar case, and she received a two-year deferred sentence. Her latest arrest came less than two weeks before that deferred sentence was to end. She’s set to return to court May 14.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.

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