Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Georgetown police say an investigation that has been taking place resulted in the arrest Tuesday of a Front Street restaurant owner.
Georgetown Police Capt. Nelson Brown said Kenneth Carl Terry, 46, — co-owner of the Krazy Fish restaurant and bar — has been charged with four counts of solicitation for prostitution.
Brown says Terry was arrested at the restaurant located at 619 Front Street.
“The allegations stem from the proposition of … teenage boys at the restaurant,” Brown said. “The investigation continues and more arrests are expected.”
Brown said police have been investigating the Georgetown establishment for about a month. He would not give specific ages of those who were solicited but did say if they had been under 18 Terry would be facing child solicitation charges.
He said Terry did pay at least one person to perform sex acts. Search warrants were executed at four different locations prior to the arrest.
More arrests are expected in the case, Brown said.
Duff Ramsey, Krazy Fish co-owner, said he was surprised at the arrest.
“He is an energetic person who talks too much,” Ramsey said of his business partner. “He is very outgoing and willing to try anything.”
He said when he arrived at work Tuesday, he was met by police who told him about the arrest.
“I said ‘that’s crazy.’ I am here every day and I have never seen any of that going on. We go through a lot of employees. They leave disgruntled and create all the havoc they can.”
Jim Beastly, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, said DHEC agents were called to the restaurant after the arrest was made.
“We did find some issues,” Beasley said.
Inspectors found temperature problems because the coolers were not working properly.
Beasley said the restaurant was given a grade of 68 on Tuesday, which is a C. In mid-April when the restaurant was inspected, it received a B.
Despite the problems, DHEC did not force the restaurant to close. However, it was closed Tuesday afternoon and it is unclear when or if it will reopen.
Late Tuesday, Terry was additionally charged with Simple Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Brown said. He will see a magistrate sometime on Wednesday. The Investigation continues.
The Georgetown Police Department is asking the public for information that they might have pertaining to this investigation to contact the Department at 843-545-4300 or call the anonymous tip line at 843-545-4400. Investigator James Leewood is the case agent.
Since the story broke online Tuesday on The Georgetown Times’ Web site and Facebook page, it has reached many readers. We’ve received word from the owner of a similarly-named restaurant in Charlotte that his patrons are concerned.
There is no known connection between the two restaurants, the one in Charlotte and the business in Georgetown.
By Scott Harper