updated 8/15/2008 8:17:25 PM ET 2008-08-16T00:17:25

A Texas man accused of starting a "kindergarten" where children as young as 5 learned to have sex with each other and were given Vicodin-like "silly pills" to help them perform denied the charges Friday, saying the children were lying.

Patrick "Booger Red" Kelly, 41, is charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and aggravated sexual assault of a child.

He is accused of helping teach the kids to have sex with each other and dance provocatively. He also allegedly helped run the Mineola Swinger's Club, where prosecutors say the children performed for paying audiences.

The children, ages 5 to 7, were given Vicodin-like drugs passed off as "silly pills" to help them perform, prosecutors said.

Kelly denied knowledge of such pills. He said he didn't touch the children or make the kids do any kind of sexual dancing. He said he has never even been to the club, the Tyler Morning Telegraph reported Friday on its Web site.

Four of the five child victims testifying for the state identified Kelly as one of the adults who sexually abused them.

If convicted, Kelly could face life in prison. That was the sentence jurors handed down this year in the trials of two others linked to the club, Jamie Pittman and Shauntel Mayo.

Four other defendants in the case are awaiting trial.

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