Key West stripper refuses paid sex, ‘unsatisfied’ former lawyer wants her arrested

Retired attorney says Living Dolls staffer wouldn’t refund money

dgoodhue@keysreporter.comMarch 2, 2016 

A retired Massachusetts lawyer vowed to make a citizen’s arrest Wednesday against a Key West stripper when she would not have sex with him or return money he paid her, according to police.

A patrolman warned John L. Ciardi, 62, that if he went inside the Living Dolls strip club on Fleming Street to confront the woman, he would be the one arrested. Cialdi could not be reached for comment.

Ciardi, from Peabody, Mass., told police officers that he paid Living Dolls employee Marianny Benitez $300 for “services,” and Benitez would not do what he wanted her to do. She also would not give him his money back, Ciardi told the patrolman.

Benitez told police Ciardi paid her $100, and she gave him a private dance. He then gave her $200 more and requested her to do more for him. She declined. 

“Benitez said Ciardi became upset and requested a refund,” Officer Jesse Hammers wrote in his report.

Instead, Benitez went to the lobby and met with her manager, Marisa Hernandez. Hernandez told police she would not refund the money, which angered Ciardi, and he “became aggressive.”

Hernandez told Hammers she sent Benitez to the club’s back room “for her safety,” and she opened the service desk door so she could separate herself from Ciardi. Ciardi would not let her close the door behind her, Hernandez told police, and he threatened her physical harm and destruction of the club’s property if his money wasn’t returned.

Hernandez said she pointed a can of pepper spray at Ciardi and called the Key West Police Department.

Both Benitez and Hernandez declined to pursue charges against Ciardi.

When Hammers told Ciardi, who was waiting outside the club, he was not going to arrest anyone for not giving back his money, “Ciardi became enraged and began using vulgar language,” Hammers wrote in his report.

“Ciardi accused me of protecting the business and refusing to do my job,” Hammers wrote.

Ciardi also reportedly told Hammers several times that he was a prosecutor. It’s not clear if he was a prosecutor, but according to the Salt Lake Tribune, Ciardi was disbarred in Utah in 2014.

Ciardi next told Hammers he was going back inside Living Dolls to make a “citizen’s arrest.” Hammers warned Ciardi that if he did, “he would be placed in handcuffs.”    

Ciardi reportedly vowed to return “at a later date to make a citizen’s arrest,” Hammers wrote.

“After returning Ciardi his identification,” wrote Hammers, “he stormed off with an unsatisfied attitude.” 

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