A lawsuit between the city and an Indianapolis dominatrix operating a basement "dungeon" has ended without a fine.
But in return, Melyssa Donaghy -- best known recently for property tax activism -- has agreed not to continue with such activities in her Meridian Kessler home on the Northside. In 2005, Mayor Bart Peterson said Donaghy was running an illegal home business, with clients paying to take part in sex-related torture.
Donaghy and the city initially reached a settlement agreement last month in which no money would change hands. But Donaghy would not sign a new version prepared later by the city with more detail about alleged activities in her home, city attorney Teri Kendrick said.
On Friday, Judge Michael Keele ordered the city to sign the first version of the agreement to end the case, according to court records."We agreed not to pursue a fine or a finding of violation," Kendrick said.Donaghy, 45, contends city officials never proved anything was illegal.
"If I want to teach someone how to properly kneel or crawl on the floor, I can do that," she said. "(But) I don't have the desire to do that professionally anymore."
Donaghy said she is considering suing the city for damages stemming from emotional distress during the dispute.
While the city was devoting many police hours and legal resources pursuing Donaghy's dominatrix business, numerous illegal pea shake houses, which were visiting crime and other nuisances on area neighborhoods, including one just down the street from Donaghy's home, operated without any scrutiny by police or city zoning regulators. It makes you wonder where the priorities of the Peterson administration have been in the war on crime it claims to be waging with success.