A former policeman who admitted running a brothel has been spared being jailed.
Brian Sheridan ran Hamshaws, also known as Club Liberty, a club for swingers, with his wife Caroline.
Their plans for a three-day fetish festival on the site at Scaynes Hill, near Haywards Heath, were halted by police in 2006.
Local nutters had hired a snitch private investigator to infiltrate the club. He discovered up to 60 men were attending Pandora’s Party nights held at the club every Wednesday.
The event was run by a prostitute called Pandora and paid Sheridan for use of the club but had two other prostitutes working with her.
Private eye snitch Richard Clarke posed as a new member in April 2006 and paid a ฃ150 entrance fee. He said Pandora and her girls had group and individual sex with clients in the games room while other men watched.
Sheridan and his wife, from Cobham, Surrey, were arrested but denied managing a brothel between November 2005 and June 2006.
They were due to stand trial at Hove Crown Court last month but Sheridan changed his plea to guilty at the last moment. Prosecutors offered no evidence against Mrs Sheridan who was found not guilty on the orders of the judge.
Sheridan was given a ten-month prison sentence suspended for two years. Judge Cedric Joseph also sentenced Sheridan to 40 hours unpaid community work.
Update: Planning to Demolish
A former brothel and swingers club could be demolished to make way for luxury homes.
If the plans are accepted, it would be the end of a piece of history for the sleepy village of Scaynes Hill, near Haywards Heath.
On Thursday, Mid Sussex District Council will consider the plans to change the face of Hamshaws in Sloop Lane.
The land was bought last year by Scandia Hus. Planners will decide whether to demolish all buildings, including the club house, and allow four detached houses.