LITTLE RIVER, SC (WMBF) - A WMBF News investigation which revealed sex acts and the sale of synthetic marijuana to teens at a local store has prompted authorities to start the process of shutting the business down.
Solicitor Jimmy Richardson tells WMBF News he is seeking a temporary injunction to close Celebrations Adult Video and Party Store in Little River. He says it is a public nuisance and promotes illegal activity.
Concerned parents prompted a WMBF News investigation last October which uncovered sex acts inside the business and details about minors who say they were offered synthetic weed in exchange for sex acts. Richardson says it was the WMBF News investigation that tipped him off.
A judge will review the request to shut down the business, though there is no schedule for that review.
On March 5, certified mail & personal service was sent to Celebrations putting them on notice that:
"It has come to the attention of the State of South Carolina, Office of the Solicitor, 15th Judicial Circuit, that property owned and or managed by you is being used to foster and promote a public nuisance and the building, place or ground itself is used for the acts of lewdness, assignation, prostitution and for the repeated acts of unlawful possession or sale of controlled substances."
The letter goes on to ask them to abate the nuisance within 10 days.
There has been no response yet from the business owner, despite several attempts for comment.
The original WMBF News stories on so-called "legal weed" and the WMBF News investigation into the Celebrations Adult Video and Party Store are linked below: