The owner of a health club, shut down last week because it allegedly catered to homosexuals and was responsible for the spread of AIDS, apparently is planning to appeal the decision to Salt Lake City Mayor Palmer DePaulis.
An independent hearing officer appointed by the city ruled last week that Club 14 "fosters sodomy" and revoked the club's license for one year.The hearing officer, private attorney Michael W. Crippen, made his decision after hearing testimony from, among others, three undercover Salt Lake City investigators, who said they joined the club and subsequently witnessed homosexual acts and were offered sex.
Leo Busch, who owned the business license for the club, 1414 W. 200 South, has 30 days in which to make the appeal to DePaulis. His attorney, Jerome Mooney III, said last week he would try to convince the mayor that other measures are available besides revoking the club's license.
If the mayor upholds the decision, issues remain that may require review by a 3rd District Court judge, he said. Among those issues is whether laws against homosexual behavior are constitutional.
The undercover officers described the club as containing 30 to 40 small rooms, each furnished with a bed and a single light bulb. The building also contained a small weight room and a pool.
When they bought a membership, the officers were given a towel and two condoms each with the instruction to confine lewd behavior to the individual rooms.
Joan Klinger, a public health nurse, testified she interviewed up to 20 AIDS victims who said they contracted the disease at Club 14.