The owners of a nudist resort in northern California have been accused of stealing water from a nearby creek to feed their property and plead not guilty to felony charges associated with the case.
Glyn and Lori Kay Stout own the Lupin Lodge, a clothing optional getaway with various amenities like a "pool, tennis courts, volleyball and other activities."
“Diversion of water in the middle of drought is worrisome to everyone and lends an urgency to the case,” Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Denise Raabe told Reuters.
California is in the midst of a drought and water is highly rationed.
Prosecutors say the Stouts repeatedly used more than their fair share of water, siphoning water from a creek that they did not own the rights to between July and November 2014.
They are charged with felony conspiracy to commit trespassing for the purpose of injuring a property right. Two other resort employees are also charged in the case, and are due in court in September.
The Stouts had asked for permission to use water from the creek but were denied. Prosecutors say they have wildlife footage showing people from the lodge with plastic tubing removing water from the creek.
The couple could face up to three years in jail.