Bethesda House Gets Warning After Hosting Sex Parties

7:17 PM, Feb 4, 2010   |    comments
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BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA) --  Mila Casey says the house at 6304 Tone Drive has upset neighbors over adult sex parties hosted by Paul Pickthorne who rents the house.

Neighbors held a meeting on Saturday, contacted Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner and County Executive Ike Leggett's office

Feb. 1, 2010, Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services's Frank DeLange issued Pickthorne a warning for operating a business inside the single-family home. Delange says the commercial-nature of the parties did not fall under any permitted category for current residential zoning law (Chapter 59 C 1.31).  

"[Pickthorne], when questioned said he was accepting donations, which was unclear, but I checked his website and it said you have to purchase tickets to come to the party," says DeLange to 9NEWS NOW.

Pickthorne allegedly offered sex parties on his website, The site has now been taken down. He also declined an interview with 9NEWS NOW.

Montgomery County Police did speak with Pickthorne and did not find any illegal activity.

"He described how he was into this acronym [BDSM or bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, sadism and masochism]," says DeLange.

Pickthorne's calls were returned by Susan Wright, spokesperson for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom. Wright says the parties were private and for consenting adults.

Wright says two of the parties donated money to the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF). She issued the statement:

"NCSF doesn't support commercial enterprises in residential neighborhoods, however NCSF does support the right of every American to hold parties in their own home for consenting adults.

Unfortunately one individual in the neighborhood is on a vendetta against Paul because of the nature of his parties..."

Wright says the neighbor has never directly talked to Pickthorne about any issues.

DeLange says there will be more investigations into the house.

Written by Elizabeth Jia

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