Bar Closed Following Prostitution Charges - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Bar Closed Following Prostitution Charges

CLEVELAND (AP) - A judge declared a tavern a nuisance, a week after its owner was indicted on charges of compelling prostitution involving a 17-year-old boy.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John Sutula ordered Lyn Ernsberger's bar, Marshall McCarrons Tavern, padlocked Monday.

Sutula will have another hearing June 20 to decide whether the bar should remain closed.

A county grand jury indicted Ernsberger, 61, last Monday on 12 counts of compelling prostitution and single counts of gross sexual imposition and corruption of another with drugs. Ernsberger had sex with a boy in exchange for money, prosecutors said.

Ernsberger was not arrested. His arraignment is expected either Friday or Monday.

He does not have a listed telephone number and could not be reached for comment Tuesday. County authorities were not sure whether he had obtained an attorney.

Several neighbors who watched as authorities closed the bar said they were glad to see the place closed.

"This bar has been around since my grandfather's time," area resident Pat Adams said. "But it started getting bad when (Ernsberger) took over. There were fights all the time and a lot of children inside the bar."

Lt. Douglas Burkhart of the Sheriff's Department said the bar was a den of prostitution and a haven for runaway boys. At least a half-dozen boys are believed to have been involved in prostitution, Burkhart said.

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