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"Swingers club in Seffner neighborhood shut down by sheriff's detectives"

on Sunday, 11 December 2011. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Hillsborough County sheriff's detectives say they shut down a swingers club in a Seffner rental house Friday and arrested four people.

Complaints from neighbors about the home at 11326 Brightridge Drive kicked off a six-week investigation by sheriff's detectives and agents from the state Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco.

Neighbors said cars would turn up their dead-end street on weekend evenings and head directly for the very end, pulling into the 150-foot driveway lit with tiki torches behind the white picket fence and gate.

The unassuming two-story white house has red trim and sits well off a street lined with single-story ranch homes.

Inside, detectives found three bedrooms lined wall to wall with beds.

The living room was equipped with a dancing pole, a spanking table and large-screen televisions playing pornographic movies.

Steven Bowers, 56, and his wife, Cynthia Bowers, 55, both of St. Petersburg were the owners and operators of the swingers club, deputies said.

They were leasing the home. Ricky Zabala, 55, and his wife, Pamela Zabala, 54, of Orlando assisted with the club when the Bowers were away, according to investigators.

All four have been charged with operating a sexually oriented business without a license, a county ordinance violation, and operating a bottle club without proper zoning and licensing, a second-degree misdemeanor. Each charge carries up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. All four were released from jail Saturday. ...

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