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Authorities: Woman who stripped down at gentlemen's club wasn't dancer

CLEARWATER — Natalie M. Behnke disrobed at a gentlemen's club, began dancing and asked customers to give her money, authorities said.

Which would have been fine — except Behnke didn't work there and she was no exotic dancer.

Staff asked her to leave, but she wouldn't go, according to an arrest report. She tried to pick a fight with the real dancers at Baby Dolls, 13383 U.S. 19 N, and had to be removed from the club around 11:50 p.m. Tuesday, the report states.

Behnke, a 25-year-old transient from Clearwater, was arrested on a charge of disorderly intoxication.

At her first court appearance Wednesday, Behnke pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor and was ordered to pay a $450 fine, according to Pinellas court records.

Behnke, whose last name is also spelled Benke in criminal records, was labeled a habitual juvenile offender in Florida after racking up arrests on charges of battery, shoplifting, vehicle theft, burglary and aggravated assault before she turned 18 years old, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Since 2008, she has been charged with giving false identification to a law enforcement officer in Lee County and larceny and driving without a valid license in Sarasota County.

Authorities: Woman who stripped down at gentlemen's club wasn't dancer 09/07/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 6:02pm]
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