Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Berlin Township Police Chief Leonard Check reported a police raid on an adult book store that led to charges against an employee there.
Paul Perkins, M/41, of Berlin Township, was charged Friday with Promoting Prostitution and Maintaining a Nuisance. He was released on his own recognizance.
It is alleged Perkins was collecting cash from patrons and in return provided access to a rear portion of the Berlin News Agency on Route 73 in Berlin Township. In the rear of the business were areas where numerous sex acts were being performed. The business is a quasi-public area and is not a club with membership fees, making payment for access to sexual activity illegal. The business is also required by law to have the ability to monitor the rear areas either through security cameras or line of sight, neither of which is present at Berlin News Agency.
It is further alleged Perkins sent out alerts through the internet and via app notifying customers when a female would be present in the rear area of the business.
The raid Friday followed approximately six months of investigation by the Berlin Township Police Department and the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. Berlin News Agency was shut down due to fire and health code violations. More than $27,000 was recovered by law enforcement during the raid.
The investigation into the business is ongoing.
All persons charged with criminal offenses are innocent unless and until convicted in a court of law.