A. Two or more criminal convictions of persons for acts of prostitution in a building, structure or place, within the one-year period preceding the commencement of an action under this chapter shall give rise to a rebuttable presumption that the building, structure or place has been used for the purposes of prostitution and is a public nuisance. In any action under this chapter, evidence of the common fame and general reputation of the building or place, of the inmates or occupants thereof, or of those resorting thereto, shall be admissible as evidence to prove the existence of the public nuisance but must be supported by additional evidence. Evidence of the general reputation of the building or place, or of the inmates or occupants thereof that is sufficient to establish the existence of the public nuisance, shall be prima facie evidence of knowledge thereof and acquiescence and participation therein and responsibility for the nuisance by persons or legal entities having an interest in the property. Responsibility for the nuisance shall extend to the owners, lessors, lessees and all those in interest in any form in the property, real or personal, used in conducting or maintaining the public nuisance.
B. Evidence of cooperation by owners, agents or managers of a building or place with police investigations or operations to control prostitution may be used to rebut the presumptions created in this chapter. [Ord. 526 § 2, 2010.] (Ord. 526 § 2, 2010.)