SYRACUSE -- Moviegoers to a theater that was the site of a police raid in which six people were arrested at a live sex show saw humor in the incident.
"It was kind of a shock in moral-majority Syracuse," joked Mario Reyes, who was buying tickets Friday to the action movie "Fast & Furious 6" with his son. "But I guess it can happen anywhere."
Another theatergoer likened the janitor's sex show to a Pee-wee Herman-style scandal, invoking the child-like actor's 1991 arrest for indecent exposure at an adult-movie theater in Sarasota, Fla.
"We laughed hard about it," said Air Force Sgt. Norman Startzel, 36, who was buying tickets to the cartoon movie "Epic" for his wife and two young children. "Definitely kind of underhanded and disgusting -- a live sex show makes you wonder about taking one of those seats. I hope they cleaned up afterward."
Three women and a man were booked on misdemeanor charges of sexual solicitation after allegedly engaging in sex acts early Thursday inside the Syracuse 6 movie theater, police said.
A janitor for a company contracted to clean the theater organized the show to make money, investigators said, and planned to charge from $35 to $75 for admission depending on whether someone wanted to just watch or participate.
The three women arrested were Krystle Morales, 21, and Lillian Scott, 22, both of Salt Lake City, and Shelby Boyce, 21, of West Valley City. Troy Manning, 33, of Centerville, also was arrested on suspicion of taking part in the performance.
Anael Ibeanez, 36, of Bountiful, is accused of using Craigslist ads to recruit people to engage in acts of prostitution as well as to publicize the show. He was arrested on felony charges of exploiting prostitution and distributing pornography.
The raid was conducted after police received a tip that a live sex show would be performed shortly after midnight Wednesday at the theater and just as the performance was starting.
While Ibeanez told officers that 50 men confirmed they would show up, only one man was watching the show at the time. He was arrested for investigation of sexual solicitation.
"For me to make a comment on what these people were thinking, it would be purely speculative," Police Sgt. Lance Call said.