Former Great Falls Mayor Denies Promoting Prostitution at Bar

By Beacon Staff

GREAT FALLS – A former Great Falls mayor has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of promoting prostitution at the bar and strip club he owns west of the city.

Gayle Morris, who also was a Cascade County Commissioner, entered his plea Friday. His trial has been scheduled for Nov. 9.

Prosecutors say illegal sexual activity took place on the dance stage of Really Windy’s bar, but mostly in a curtained-off lap-dance room. Court records say officers who searched the bar in late May said they discovered used condoms and condom wrappers in couch cushions of the lounge’s lap-dance room.

Deputy County Attorney Kory Larsen has said the roughly yearlong undercover investigation began as a drug probe. A handful of employees face prostitution and/or drug charges.

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