"I'm angry about it," he said, adding he intends to file a counterclaim.
Sandy Springs alleges the defendants "have continued to flout the regulations governing their establishments for many years," citing numerous violations including live sex acts performed on customers.
Some of the alleged violations date back to the city's infancy and, according to Sandy Springs, continue to this day. In the same month Sandy Springs became a city, it hired five private investigators to conduct surveillance at the adult clubs, according to the lawsuit. Their subsequent report contained details of lascivious behavior.
Willard said the problem is beyond what law enforcement can handle, adding, "It's hard for an undercover officer to go in there and make arrests."
Asked if the city wants the clubs shuttered, Willard demurred, saying, "We want them to comply with the law."
The city's suit seeks an injunction from the court warning the clubs that further violations will put them out of business for good.