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Sheriff: River party offered an eyeful

Thursday, July 13, 2006

The 4th of July weekend and holiday were quiet for Fulton County law enforcement, according to Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger.

That is, except for the nude stage shows.

The sheriff's office received a complaint about a property owner at Saddler Falls who put on sexually-explicit shows on a stage, Dillinger said. He said the owner of the property has a stage set up on his property on which women strip and perform sex acts. He said the owner is from Jonesboro and that county law enforcement has received complaints about the shows in the past.

A Jonesboro woman called the sheriff's office to complain July 5, after her children who camped at the Spring River told her about it.

"I explained to her we have a small department and we don't go down there unless we're called," Dillinger said.

Dillinger said the owner usually stages shows during Memorial Day weekend but not this year. Instead, he put the show on during the 4th of the July weekend, Dillinger said. He said the owner posts signs along the river and roads to promote the event.

Dillinger said the department has received a number of complaints over the years. He said one year the women performed sexual acts with each other on the stage.

Dillinger said charges of indecency are possible after further investigation.

"We're going to shut that down. We don't want that going on in this county," Dillinger said.

The August 2002 edition of Cosmopolitan magazine identified the Spring River as one of its top six "Danger Zones," a list of party spots described as "hunting grounds for reality porn."

The most famous of the reality porn products are Girls Gone Wild and Wild Party Girls, which show girls baring themselves on camera.

Besides that, the holiday was relatively quiet, Dillinger said. He said with the campgrounds stepping up their own security, it is alleviating some of the problems of the past. He said arrests made over the holiday were largely alcohol related.

Dillinger said no checkpoints were set up in the county. "We waited until they (campgrounds) called us," Dillinger said.

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