Adult night club manager hires 7th grader to dance

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by Associated Press

kvue.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 19 at 6:34 PM

CORPUS CHRISTI -- The manager of an adult nightclub has been arrested for allegedly hiring a 14-year old girl to dance at the club, according to Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission investigators.

Jeffrey Shawn Martinez, 34, was arrested at his home Wednesday and charged with sexual performance of a child and employment harmful to a minor, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports.

"Based on the evidence we have uncovered, any reasonable person would believe she is 14," TABC Sgt. John Mann said. "She is a seventh-grader and has no business onstage at a gentleman's club." Martinez was being held Wednesday at Nueces County Jail on bonds totaling $60,500.

Authorities began investigating after the 14-year old stopped a Corpus Christi police officer saying she had been kidnapped from San Antonio and had escaped her abductor.

Leslie Campbell, 48, was being held Wednesday at the county jail on suspicion of aggravated sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping with bonds set at $500,000.

It was not immediately known whether either man had an attorney.

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