A manager and an employee at a Braceville massage parlor appeared in court Monday to face charges of prostitution and other related charges.
The manager, Sun Cha Chae, 69, entered no plea in Newton Falls Municipal Court on seven counts of fourth-degree felony promoting prostitution charges. She posted a $1,500 surety bond and was released.
The employee, Kyong Hwa Nguyen, 56, pleaded not guilty to third-degree misdemeanor counts of prostitution and posted a $1,000 surety bond. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for both women April 23. Both suspects list their address as 950 Sandpiper Trail, Warren.
The former Four Seasons Spa, now called Rose Spa, 4300 Route 5, Braceville Township, was raided last week by Braceville police. An investigation revealed at least six men had paid a $50 entrance fee and up to $120 for sex and a sex acts. During the raid, officers found a customer engaged in a sex act with an employee.
In conjunction with last week’s raid, police also filed a nuisance-abatement claim that effectively shuts the spa down until a hearing Friday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.
The spa was shut down by a raid in July and reopened last month. During the July raid, police caught one customer engaged in sex acts with an employee.
Two people, including the alleged owner, Kay Owens, 62, of Canfield, were charged with crimes. Owens eventually pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated trespass after charges of promoting prostitution were dropped.
Court records say she forfeited more than $11,000, two cell phones, a laptop computer, four televisions, a VHS and DVD player, seven surveillance cameras and a 2007 Toyota Camry. She also agreed to close her business.
The employee, Kyung Hee Lee, was charged with prostitution and eventually pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.
Officers at the time found condoms wrapped in tin foil and hidden in fake shaving cream canisters.
Court records show at least five customers, including one man who traveled from as far away as Montana, told authorities investigating the spa they paid around $150 for sex acts at the massage parlor.
An affidavit filed in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court said Braceville police conducted surveillance on the spa and pulled over at least one customer a day between June 25 and 29.