An Australian tourist from Perth was charged last week with simple assault. The crime occurred at a strip club in Orlando, Florida. At the time the news story broke, the Australian was being held in jail while awaiting a bail hearing. The story involves this young man “assaulting” a female employee of the club (stripper) by blowing dirt in the dancer’s face while she was performing a lap dance. The dancer declined to be interviewed. Shocking, I know. However, the club’s assistant manager did decide to opine about this event. “We generally don’t get a lot of troublemakers at our club,” and he stressed that they had not had a patron assault a dancer in years. Whew, that’s good to know. “We don’t know what this Aussie guy’s problem was, but he won’t be welcome back here again.” Right, I’m sure there is a serious vetting procedure for screening drunks entering a strip club. I’d like to know who they’re turning away.
In Texas, the offense of assault is defined in the Penal Code as:
(a) A person commits an offense if the person: