LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- It's been a hush, hush topic but now the county is going after several different sex clubs in the valley.
The law has been on the books for years but it's never been enforced until now. News 3's Sergio Avila has more on why one sex club owner says this is all happening because of him.
Back in 2008 David Cooper was denied a license by the county for his club Sextasy. County officials said he lied about what would be going on at the club.
He says his club would operate the same as the others around him. The clubs are known for people getting together and having sex.
“Most of them if they get a restaurant license, don't even serve food even if they could,” Cooper said.
Cooper sued and the 9th circuit court of appeals just sided with him.
Since then he's been able to open another club, Sexcess, at commercial center, the plaza is a hot spot for Las Vegas' swinger community.
A law has been on the books for years saying sex clubs are illegal and the county just recently sued three of them looking to shut them down, the Green Door, Fastasy and the Power Exchange.
“It's obvious they would attempt to enforce it because it provides some perceived advantage to them, during litigation because my case that was dismissed is now going through court,” Cooper said.
Attorney Allen Lichtenstein represents the green door and says the county has given them the green light for 15 years.
“The county has said over and over again that nothing illegal is going on there. They've sent inspectors numerous times,” Lichtenstein says. “Metro has been there numerous times to inspect and no one has ever said it's illegal.”
No one at these clubs pays for sex, they're pay a cover charge and are free to mingle.
Mingling may involve sex but that's not illegal, just an agreement between consenting adults.
Lichtenstein says the county's latest ordinance may ultimately be found unconstitutional.
“Where when it talks about any place where someone can go and have sex or watch people have sex that applies to every hotel up and down the strip,” Lichtenstein said.
Cooper went on to tell us, if these clubs are shut down or not, it opens up a discussion to what he says they need to be a regulated industry similar to strip clubs to bring them out from underneath Las Vegas' underbelly.
We reached out to the district attorney’s office since they filed these complaints but they declined to comment.