ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A former Charlotte restaurant owner facing a long list of prostitution-related crimes is in legal trouble again, this time for theft.

Kenneth Carl “K.C.” Terry was arrested last week and charged with stealing a barbecue smoker from a restaurant in Virginia, reports WLOS. He’s lived in Asheville, where he opened another restaurant, Sky City BBQ, since his arrest on several sex crimes in Georgetown, S.C., last year.

In those cases, Terry stands accused of soliciting sex acts in exchange for money from teenage males in a restaurant he opened there. Prosecutors say he also videotaped and later uploaded the sex acts to the internet. Currently, Terry is charged with seven counts of prostitution, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, promoting prostitution of a minor, simple possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Terry’s South Carolina business partner, Donovan Miller, was also charged in the Georgetown cases.

Some media outlets have reported that Terry had committed sex acts with “underage boys,” but, at the time of the arrest last spring, law enforcement officers said the young men propositioned for sex were not under age. Terry was later accused of offering alcohol to minors. qnotes has reached out to Capt. Nelson Brown of the Georgetown Police Department for clarification on the current nature of the charges against Terry.

Terry told Asheville’s Citizen Times earlier this month that he was “railroaded” and mistreated by legal authorities in Georgetown because he is openly gay.

“He said the fact that there is no court date after a year illustrates that police ‘never had any evidence whatsoever,'” the Asheville paper reports.

“I was in a town of 7,000 very conservative, right-wing people,” Terry said. “I had a restaurant right on their main street. I’m a funky kind of guy. They weren’t used to a gay guy who’s not ashamed to be gay.”

Terry was being held in the Buncombe County Jail on $10,000 bond. He has since been released since his arrest last week.

Terry once owned the popular Fat City Deli in Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood, which opened in the early 1990s and closed around 2003.

For a short time, he was also a co-owner of a restaurant on Central Ave. He is no longer involved in the Charlotte business.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.

7 replies on “Former Charlotte restauranteur in legal trouble again”

  1. This guy should have just gone to Rub Maps if he really wanted some action. That site is like the Yelp of massage parlors.

  2. I don’t think Georgetown “railroading” him had as much to do with him being gay as it did with him being a known pedophile.

  3. You are correct. He is simply trying to pass the blame like always. This guy is famous for rape. Everybody knows him in Charlotte NC. He is trying to push the ostrasized homosexual angle in Ashville also. He isnt homosexual. He is a republican redneck rascist who used the charlotte gay scene to camouflage his activity… it didnt work but worked enough for him to continue… now he is just running from his sick past.

  4. So what happened with the smoker?

    Maybe this article should have been titled “Former Openly Gay Charlotte restauranteur speaks about past charges. He’s charged with doing a bunch of stuff to minors who may/ may not have been underaged. He may have stolen a smoker. And he posted bail a week ago for something … On second thought we’ll get back to you when we can string some facts together. It’ll be great!”

    1. You would probably have to wait for the court case to resolve before hearing about the smoker. Isnt it a federal charge to go across state lines with stolen property worth over 1,000? SBI has to get the results back before they can drag him into a courtroom in SC. That takes a long time because of out of state servers being tapped. In the mean while we are going to keep talking about him. Be glad you aren’t in Charlotte! They are talking about him big time around these parts. The charges against him include “underage” activity. That kid is under age. They checked with his parents to make sure (LOL) you see they have to know what to charge him with. All of Charlotte knows he is guilty. You spell very well and seem somewhat educated! But you need to realize that he is going to prison for a very long time. They are going to hate him in there when they find out what he’s done. So get on back to me if you can. You posted at 2am! Did he give you free beer to type this crap? Are you ok dude?????????

  5. From Lupies to Fat City to Krazy Fish to Sky City, this charming and talented sociopath unfortunately chose darkness over light. He has a weakness for the unattainable, beautiful boys and was known in the Queen City to use rufinol to have his way with them. So sad and tragic that he could have been so successful and adored, instead of a criminal.

  6. He is on the run… if you have seen him call the police. He knows he is going to prison get him off the streets now people! Serious scumbag here and we the public must band together to hang this inhuman thing.

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