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Former Charlotte restauranteur in legal trouble again
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A former Charlotte restaurant owner facing a long list of prostitution-related crimes is in legal trouble again, this time for theft.
Kenneth Carl “K.C.” Terry was arrested last week and charged with stealing a barbecue smoker from a restaurant in Virginia, reports WLOS. He’s lived in Asheville, where he opened another restaurant, Sky City BBQ, since his arrest on several sex crimes in Georgetown, S.C., last year.
In those cases, Terry stands accused of soliciting sex acts in exchange for money from teenage males in a restaurant he opened there. Prosecutors say he also videotaped and later uploaded the sex acts to the internet. Currently, Terry is charged with seven counts of prostitution, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, promoting prostitution of a minor, simple possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Terry’s South Carolina business partner, Donovan Miller, was also charged in the Georgetown cases.
Some media outlets have reported that Terry had committed sex acts with “underage boys,” but, at the time of the arrest last spring, law enforcement officers said the young men propositioned for sex were not under age. Terry was later accused of offering alcohol to minors. qnotes has reached out to Capt. Nelson Brown of the Georgetown Police Department for clarification on the current nature of the charges against Terry.
Terry told Asheville’s Citizen Times earlier this month that he was “railroaded” and mistreated by legal authorities in Georgetown because he is openly gay.
“He said the fact that there is no court date after a year illustrates that police ‘never had any evidence whatsoever,’” the Asheville paper reports.
“I was in a town of 7,000 very conservative, right-wing people,” Terry said. “I had a restaurant right on their main street. I’m a funky kind of guy. They weren’t used to a gay guy who’s not ashamed to be gay.”
Terry was being held in the Buncombe County Jail on $10,000 bond. He has since been released since his arrest last week.
Terry once owned the popular Fat City Deli in Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood, which opened in the early 1990s and closed around 2003.
For a short time, he was also a co-owner of a restaurant on Central Ave. He is no longer involved in the Charlotte business.
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