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Tarrant County Commissioners unanimously approve new rules for sexually oriented businesses

The new operating rules for adult entertainment spots like Temptations in rural Tarrant County are effective immediately.

TARRANT COUNTY, Texas — When Tarrant County Judge Tim O'Hare restarted commissioner's court Tuesday it was all about Temptations.  

The adult entertainment club in West Tarrant County is coming under fire because of recent violence and the number of police calls.

Commissioner Manny Ramirez calls criminal activity linked to the club unacceptable.

"That's unacceptable when you're talking about aggravated robberies occurring, aggravated assaults, shootings, murders, double stabbings, all in the span of a couple of years," said Ramirez. 

The newly elected commissioner is determined to be the voice for people in his district, which is where Temptations is located and has operated for years.

Ramirez said he can't explain why the issues surrounding Temptations have gone unaddressed for so long. However, since he is now responsible for that part of rural Tarrant County, something must be done.

"It broke my heart when I heard those stories that they said they had given up. They've been talking about this for five years, six years down the road. And folks were saying, we can't do anything to help you. We came in January and in 2023 and said, enough is enough," said Ramirez. 

"And the residents now are so grateful. They are so happy, and they are so relieved that there's a light at the end of the tunnel now where they don't have to worry about gunshots at five in the morning. They don't have to worry about catching a stray bullet coming from this area. They don't have to worry about getting their kids up for school at 5 a.m."

The latest call at Temptations came after a kicked-out customer reportedly shot three people in the parking lot before a security guard shot and killed him. 

But even prior to the deadly shooting, Ramirez had already pulled the trigger to crack down on the club.

"What triggered it for me was that double stabbing that happened a month ago," said Ramirez, "The very next day I requested that it be placed on the agenda for discussion."

That led to changing the rules for businesses like Temptations. During their June 6 meeting, commissioners voted unanimously that sexually oriented businesses must close by 1 a.m. and the parking lots must be cleared by 1:15 a.m. The new rules are effective immediately. But the crusade for Ramirez doesn't stop there. "Temptations" is on the agenda for the commissioner's June 21 meeting.

"The intent of that meeting is to present evidence to revoke immediately the permit," said Ramirez.

WFAA has reached out repeatedly to the managers of Temptations and the person who owns the property of the business. No one has returned phone calls or emails to share their reaction to the action underway by the commissioner's court.

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