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'Booger Red' Kelly trial continues as swingers' club patrons take stand

Now entering its third week of testimony, the defense is still calling witnesses in the trial of Patrick 'Booger Red' Kelly.

Kelly is the third defendant in the Mineola child sex ring case. On Friday, Kelly took the stand.

He denied sexually assaulting any children, and said he never visited the Mineola swingers' club.

KLTV 7's Layron Livingston was in court today, where members of the club testified about what they saw -  and did not see - in the club.

Outsiders call it the Mineola Swingers' Club. Members know it as "The Retreat".  

Sherry Adams testified that she and her husband ran the club from May 2004 to August 2004.

"At any point in time that you owned, or ran this establishment, did ya'll ever have any plays that involved children?" asked the defense of Adams. She responded with a "no."

During cross examination, the state went after Adams, hard.

"You also understand, I'm sure, Ms. Adams, that if you said, Yeah, I was there when kids were there, you understand you'd be sitting where he is sitting?" asked assistant district attorney Joe Murphy. "Yes, I do," said Adams. Murphy even questioned whether she used her own child's physical disability to rent the building under false pretenses.

"You'd agree with me that'd be pretty low for somebody to basically pimp out their child in order for them to have sex with people they don't know," Murphy said to Adams while she was on the stand.

She agreed, but denied the allegation. Later, the defense set out to draw a clear distinction.

"Just because you're swingers doesn't mean that you have sex with children," asked the defense. "No, it does not," replied Adams.

Other visitors to the club took the stand, echoing Adams' claim.

"Children are not involved in this lifestyle," testified Theresa Reese. 

Reese testified that she only visited the club twice. She says she never saw children, or photos of children, inside the club. She also said there were also no child performances.

She says all of that would have been a violation of the swinger's rules.

"First and foremost, no children. Second, no drugs. Third, no means no," testified Reese.

Reese and the other swingers were also shown photos of the defendant, Patrick 'Booger Red' Kelly, along with Jamie Pittman and Shauntel Mayo, who have already been found guilty in relation to the club, as well as other defendants indicted in the case.

They say they recognize them from the television, and from newspapers, but not from their visits to "The Retreat" in Mineola.

It's not known when the defense will rest its case. The trial is expected to continue tomorrow morning.

Layron Livingston, reporting. llivingston@kltv.com

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