Police Bust "Sex Fest" in Campbell County

By: Mike McCarthy Email
By: Mike McCarthy Email

Knoxville, TENN. (WVLT) -- Sex and drugs. Campbell County authorities say both have been going on at an adult bookstore along I-75. Only Volunteer T-V was there as officers moved to stop it Saturday night.

Caryville Police Chief Bill Widener says his office has recieved complaints about Adult World for about a year. Now he says they had the information to make their move.

Some of the information in this report is extremely graphic.

Campbell County and state law enforcement officers busted what they call a meet-and-greet "Sex Fest." They say it's all taken place at the red lights of Adult World along I-75.

Chief Widener describes the activity as, "Man on man. We don't know about men and women."

Widener says he sent in an officer undercover last weekend. He says that officer found,"Masterbation on the theater side and oral sex and sodomy stuff on the other side."

The signs on the private movie viewing booths in the Adult Arcade read "No sexual activity." But Chief Widener says it's where most of the action happened.

"It's against our city ordinances to openly have sex anwhere other than home, or in the privacy of yourself, but people can come in and see this, watching other people have sex," Widener said.

Widener says at least 35 visitors were here during last week's investigation.

Some of those cuffed tonight insist innonence.

"I was here with my girlfriend and we were just watching the movie in the theater. That's it. No sex? No sir," one of the arrested men said.

Adult World's shift managers also denies anything illegal.

"You'll have to talk to the owners. That's all I"m saying," said the shift manager, who refused to give her name.

Volunteer T-V's quick search on the internet personal ads on Craigslist found listing for people looking for everything from a good time to sex at the store.

Caryville Police haven't said how many were arrested at Saturday night's bust. Chief Widener says his undercover officer also found drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, and meth last week. Officers searched for drugs this time, but there's been no word on what they found, if anything.

Chief Widener says police has revoked Adult Worlds' license. LaFollette Police, The Campbell County Sheriff's Office, Jacksboro Police, and The Tennessee Highway Patrol also helped in the raid.


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  • by rocky Location: lafollette on Apr 5, 2010 at 01:43 PM
    They need to shut adult world down.All you bleeding hearts that think its alright for this garbage to go on is blind.When your kids come tell you they are gay what are going to tell them ,it's ok.Bulls--t,Hell has a place for fags.
  • by Mike Location: Lafollete on Dec 4, 2008 at 06:57 PM
    Do you all really think there are no gay people around here? What do you think they will do when this place is no longer around? I think its time this county woke up and realized that as much as they would still like to censor the world from their poor fragile christian eyes its not gonna happen. The real world is getting harder and harder to avoid. Its time we stopped looking like a bunch of backwoods fools. I dont agree with gays and have no use for it but the fact of the matter is all you people are doing is making us all look like a bunch of bible beating fools.
  • by Walter Location: Knoxville on Dec 4, 2008 at 06:43 PM
    When are taxpayers going to quit letting these local good ole boys use your tax dollars on such bs. Dont you find it a little suspicious even that all they found was man-on-man sex? I've been there and its not only men but I think they thought this would drum up more support from the local community. At some point we have to get a handle on these local politicians and police officers and stop letting them do as they please. Protect and serve not protect and while your at it serve your own agenda. Ridiculous. But reading some of these comments i can see how they get by with it. Get with the program and move into the 21st century or Tennesse and the country as a whole is gonna go down the tubes as antiquated and unable to cope with modern society. And why do we never hear of any man-on-woman busts? I mean I am sure no good law abiding straight couples ever have sex in the woods or at the lake. Unreal.
  • by Susan Location: Bates on Nov 26, 2008 at 05:39 AM
    Sounds like the sheriff, police and TN patrol have nothing better to do. Meanwhile, there are rapes, theft, and drunk drivers about.
  • by Lee Location: UK on Nov 20, 2008 at 02:46 AM
    To Astonished from near here and all the others who quote god.... get a life and get your head out of the bible.. God created everything and everyone.. he has a grand design for the whole universe and the peole contained therein... that means he designed the Gay people of the world, he designed the entrepeneurs of the adult entertainment world, he designed the owners of the sex arcades and the businesses they run.. How do you know that you, the god fearing bible bashing soul destroying ones, are not the ones going against Gods plan... Maybe when you yourselves are waiting at the gates of hell for your crimes of hate and persecution, will see the error of your ways............
  • by Astonished Location: Near Here, TN on Nov 13, 2008 at 09:44 PM
    So...because their gay that gives them the right to go to a public place and do this??? I must be misunderstanding something, because surely that's not what you're insinuating?? So is it "legal" for "consenting adults" to go in a dressing room in JCPenneys and have sex? It's the same difference. So where do our rights come in? An adult store is a place for you to get what you want and take HOME to do PRIVATELY, not in a place where anyone can come in and see...I find this VERY OFFENSIVE!!! You all need to be ashamed of yourself and do some major praying for your souls. May God bless you, you need it.
  • by campbell County at it's best Location: clinton on Nov 13, 2008 at 12:24 PM
    Hey: You have got to love Campbell County , there is not much to do up their in those Mt. Those that were busted were from Knoxville I have worked with a few in the past.I feel for the families of those who had their picture posted, what a disgrace. But If you are going into these places you take the change of hurting your love ones.
  • by 2921 Location: knoxville on Nov 13, 2008 at 12:12 PM
    badboys bad boys what you gonna do when we come 4 you
  • by JB Location: Tennessee on Nov 12, 2008 at 10:35 PM
    To the anonymous poster who stated "i will do every thing in my power to shut you down", why hide behind an anonymous post? Grow a pair and make yourself known. Hope you have the financial resources to go up against the owners/customers of Adult World. Dreama Dolin doesn't have much, but I guarantee a lawsuit or 2 will keep her broke for life!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 12, 2008 at 10:13 PM
    In Canada the supreme court ruled that sex between consenting adults is legal behind any closed door as long as no one is getting hurt. Why is sex, a natural thing enjoyed by billions, completly legal in one building but not in another. Everyone knows this is happening in Adult book stores all over the world. Why do we care? If it is such a crime make sex illegal ever were and out law adult book stores. No wonder Senator Craig had to hang out in washrooms. We need to get our laws up to date with the rest of the world. It's not the 1800 anymore. Another fine example of our tax dollars at work.

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