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Frank Colacurcio Sr., 92, left, and John Gilbert “Gil” Conte enter the federal courthouse in Seattle on Friday for arraignment on racketeering charges.

Frank Colacurcio Jr. appeared in court Friday

Frank Colacurcio Jr. appeared in court Friday.

Frank Colacurcio Sr., the 92-year-old patriarch of a local strip-club operation, joined his son and four associates in federal court in Seattle Friday to plead not guilty to racketeering charges.


The six men appeared before U.S. District Magistrate James Donohue, who allowed the defendants to remain free pending a trial tentatively set for Sept. 28. However, all were ordered to have no contact with any of the strip clubs and past or present employees, though three of the club managers were allowed a month to hand over operations.

Colacurcio Sr. and his son, along with club managers Leroy R. Christiansen, David C. Ebert and Steven M. Fueston face 15 counts alleging racketeering through the promotion of prostitution, money laundering and mail fraud. A longtime friend of the Colacurcios’, John Gilbert “Gil” Conte, is charged with one racketeering count.

Prosecutors say the Colacurcios and their partners organized their clubs — in Seattle, Shoreline, Everett and Parkland, Pierce County — to profit from rampant prostitution and failed to disclose their true income for tax purposes.

Attorneys for the men have declared the charges baseless. Friday, for example, Christiansen’s attorney read from a wiretap transcript in which his client strictly reprimanded a dancer for engaging in illegal acts.

The defense lawyers argued to Donohue that barring the men from the clubs could put them out of business before they get their days in court. But Donohue agreed with prosecutors that it is needed to keep the defendants away from potential witnesses.

As Colacurcio Jr. was leaving court, his attorney, John Wolfe, said, “this is the beginning of a long journey.”

By Ian Ith
Seattle Times staff reporter


July 25, 2009 at 8:32 AM
After reading the PI online article about Seattle being the “sexploration” capital of the U.S. and some of the details about the “Kinky Carnival” being held today on Capital Hill, I wonder why Frank Sr. and Jr. are being charged with a crime. Do you think the SPD will be working undercover at the Kinky event? How much overtime? Is there hazard pay for being in the S&M demonstration?
July 25, 2009 at 7:47 AM
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4 down, were they competitors of yours?

“The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree” – in this case, truer words never spoken. “Like father, Like son”. Where did all these cliches come from?
July 25, 2009 at 7:41 AM
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Frankie Sr. & Frankie jr. are nothing more than cheap gangster thug wannabees!! They are both a complete joke and the world will be a much better place when both are gone!! Fortunately for us, Frankie Sr. wont be around much longer and I imagine frankie jr. will be in the pokie for a good long time very soon as well.

To both of them I say, “Good riddance”!! Dont let the door hit ya in the butt on the way out boys!!! LMAO

July 25, 2009 at 7:30 AM
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Good to hear from you doonsbury. I know your Mom worked for the Colacurcios’ for a long time. Yet I don’t hold them in the high esteem you do. If you ever knew, or had a chance to see or talk to some of the girls (or their families) who peeled at one of these clubs (Rick’s, Sugar’s, Honey’s) then found themselves railroaded into an extremely destructive lifestyle, your hero worship of these “men” might change dramatically.

Don’t think too deeply on it though. My best to your Mom.

July 25, 2009 at 7:21 AM
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Looks like another “john” is heard from!!!!