APnv 05/27 1328 Drost Suit LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- A California nudist camp operator who
APnv 05/27 1328 Drost Suit
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- A California nudist camp operator who
once owned the Naked City nudist resort near Roselawn has filed a
$1 billion lawsuit against the state of Indiana and a $50 million
suit against Newton County.
The suit was filed in U.S. District Court by Dick Drost and
alleges 49 violations of civil rights, obstruction of justice,
racketeering influence and corrupt organization, bribery and
sexual assault laws.
The list of defendants includes Newton County Prosecutor R.
Steven Ryan; County Commissioners Peter Bisbis and Michael
Williamson; former Newton Circuit Court Judge Newell Lamb; former
Newton Superior Court Judge Mark Bauer; The Journal and Courier
newspaper in Lafayette; two local ministers, and the operators of
rival nudist resort, the Ponderosa Sun Club.
Drost, 50, currently lives in Homeland, Calif., in Riverside
County, where he operates Naked City L.A.
Drost, formerly of Chicago, owned and operated the former
Naked City in northern Newton County from 1968 to 1986. In 1985,
he was charged with molesting a 13-year-old girl, as well as
showing obscene films and materials to minors.
On March 24, 1986, Drost agreed to plead guilty to 10
sex-related misdemeanors and was given a 10-year suspended
sentence. Under the agreement, Drost also was to stay out of
Indiana for 10 years.
"This prosecution was nothing more than enforcing a particular
fundamentalist Christian point of view, thereby attempting to
establish a religion," Drost's attorney, Douglas Palaschak, said
"We are alleging a multitude of civil rights violations,"
John Casey, one of the defendants and an attorney for Newton
County, said the suit, which was filed last week, is "totally
unfounded and was filed with no other intent than to harass the
county and county officials."
Casey added that there may be "more motivation than pure
harassment, but what it is, I don't know."
He said Drost's ability to remain out of jail despite several
sex-related convictions "makes him think he can do whatever he
wants with total immunity."
"This man should be in jail. Instead, he's in California,"
Casey continued. "He was let off by a technicality in this state,
and had that not occurred, he would not be so flippant."
Drost's guilty plea to obscenity charges in 1982 was
overturned on appeal because the sentencing judge had failed to
tell Drost that his sentence could be enhanced or reduced by
aggravating or mitigating circumstances.
The Indiana Supreme Court has since ruled that a single flaw
no longer is automatic grounds for overturning a conviction on a
The former Naked City resort in Newton County continues to
operate as a nudist resort, the Adam and Eve Club.
"We want to get back into Naked City -- absolutely," Palaschak
The attorney declined to comment on county officials'
allegations that Drost is violating the terms of his court
agreement by having a hand in the operations of the Adam and Eve
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