Published February 04, 2010
BETHESDA, Md. – Zoning officials in a wealthy community in suburban Washington have issued a warning over one resident's monthly sex parties.
Paul Pickthorne rents a home in Bethesda and says he is a practitioner of "BDSM," short for "bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, sadism and masochism." He says he has hosted four parties attended by dozens of people since the summer.
Montgomery County zoning inspector Frank De Lange issued Pickthorne a warning last week. He says that because he accepted money from attendees to help cover costs, the parties constitute a commercial enterprise.
Police also looked into the parties after receiving complaints from neighbors but found nothing illegal about them.