Cash, Condoms Found in Braceville Spa Raid

Braceville Spa Raided
A Braceveille massage parlor was raided by police for the second time in nine months for alleged prostitution inside the state Route 5 building.

Investigators found nearly $8,000 in cash and more than 200 condoms inside the Braceville massage parlor raided last week.

The search warrant return filed Monday in Trumbull county Common Pleas Court shows police found 206 condoms inside the Rose Spa at 4300 state Route 5. They also seized $7,898.

Police raided the spa Thursday after several patrons told police they paid for sex and sex acts at the spa.

There has been a massage parlor at that location for at least a decade. Investigators are trying to determine if the Rose Spa was linked to the Four Seasons Spa, which was raided and shut down in July.

In both raids, officers found a customer engaged in sex acts with employees.

Two employees are facing criminal charges after the raid. The manager, Sun Cha Chae, 69, is facing seven counts of fourth-degree felony promoting prostitution charges and an employee, Kyong Hwa Nguyen, 56, is facing three third-degree misdemeanor counts of prostitution. Both have listed addresses at 950 Sanpiper Trail in Warren.

A nuisance-abatement hearing is scheduled Friday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court. Officials shuttered the building after the raid.

The search warrant return also shows officials seized 10 security cameras, 246 bootlegged CDs, two televisions, four DVD players, 12 checks, including eight that were filled out, unidentified pills, three Chase bank deposit bags, a Samsung security system that included a DVR and four cameras and miscellaneous paperwork.

Investigators said at least six men paid a $50 entrance fee and up to $120 for sex and sex acts at the spa.

Police also raided the spa, then called the Four Seasons Spa, on July 3, catching 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. The information provided by the five customers led to a search warrant.

The spas have been targets of law enforcement during the last year.

Investigators with the state’s Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation raided eight of the city’s 10 massage parlors in May and the city later shuttered all eight for health code violations.

Records show spa customers from as far away as Shelby, a 120-mile trip, told investigators they paid for sex and sex acts at all eight spas raided.

BCI and the state attorney general’s office is currently reviewing evidence gathered from the spas, including computers, legers and DNA, to see if charges can be filed, including human trafficking, racketeering and money laundering, among others, according to court records and investigators.

If the Four Seasons is shut down, it will leave three spas remaining in Trumbull County, including two in Warren.

The Sunny Spa, which has come under fire recently after a surprise health inspection found a scantily-clad employee helping a naked customer shower, and the Tiger Spa, are still open in Warren. The third spa, Suzy Kims, is in Niles.

Investigators at the time said the Tiger Spa was not targeted in the May raids because they were closed for renovations at the time. Officials said they have since re-opened, and an advertisement in the Cleveland Scene magazine appeared in the March 20 edition touting a grand opening.

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