SANFORD, Maine (AP) — The divided Sanford Town Council has issued new liquor and business licenses to a caterer after he apologized for hosting sex parties at a local banquet hall he leases.

The council on Tuesday voted 4-3 to grant licenses to James Colley for one year and review them after six months. If he violates the licenses again, they may be revoked.

The council acted a little more than a week after town officials ordered James and Susan Colley to stop renting the hall to a swingers club.

James Colley said he made a “monumental business error.”

The Portland Press Herald reports that Councilor Bradford Littlefield said he believed in second chances.

Police say they did not see any criminal activity at a sex party officers attended undercover last month.

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