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Former Dallas club manager sentenced for child sex crimes

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DJ and dancers from a photo on Darkside's website DJ and dancers from a photo on Darkside's website
DALLAS -

One of the men who ran a notorious Dallas teen rave dance club was sentenced to prison Thursday for sexually assaulting an underage girl.

Forty-two-year-old Thomas Eppelsheimer of Lewisville was sentenced to four consecutive 20 year prison terms.

Eppelsheimer, who managed the club Darkside, pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault of a child and one county of indecency with a child by contact. He was arrested in July 2011 after a 15-year-old girl told police she woke up dazed in Eppelsheimer's home, but didn't know how she got there from the club.

Darkside was one of two clubs that owner Glenn Hudson said were actually churches and therefore should be allowed to operate in areas zoned for religious gathering places.

Dallas city code enforcers disagreed, and said Darkside was actually a late-night dance club catering to youngsters 17 and older. Officials claimed teens as young as 14 were allowed in.

Both Darkside and a second club called The Playground eventually closed in August 2011. Prosecutors said The Playground was a swingers' club that allowed patrons to have sex while watching pornography.

The city banned Hudson from opening any other clubs like Darkside or The Playground anywhere in the city.

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