DALLAS – The City of Duncanville has countersued the host of a neighborhood swingers club, continuing a legal standoff that began when the city passed an ordinance aimed at shuttering the sex parties for good.
The Dallas suburb wants a judge to order Jim Trulock to stop the weekend gatherings at his home, which attract upward of 100 guests and transform his house into "The Cherry Pit."
The suit filed Monday is in response to the lawsuit Trulock filed last month against the city, in which Trulock alleges a new Duncanville sex club ordinance to be unconstitutional.
Ed Klein, Trulock's attorney, said he plans to file an amended pleading Wednesday and request a hearing seeking an injunction against the city from enforcing the ordinance.
The city's lawsuit alleges that The Cherry Pit poses a risk to public health by not having "any measures or policy in place to safeguard against the spread of sexually transmitted diseases." The suit also alleges that the club has harmed the city's image and lowered property values.
In November, the City Council enacted a sex club ban targeting The Cherry Pit. City officials say the ordinance was in response to years of neighbor complaints about the traffic and noise the parties generated.