TYLER, Texas – Jurors have found an East Texas man guilty of grooming children as young as 5 to perform sex shows at a swingers club.
Patrick "Booger Red" Kelly was convicted of engaging in organized criminal activity Thursday after jurors deliberated about two hours. He faces a possible life sentence.
Prosecutors alleged Kelly was a member of the so-called Mineola Swinger's Club, though the 41-year-old Kelly has testified he is innocent. They contended Kelly helped set up a "kindergarten" where young children learned to dance provocatively. To help perform at the club, prosecutors say the children were given Vicodin-like drugs the adults passed off as "silly pills."
Mineola is about 85 miles east of Dallas.