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The manager of a Braceville massage parlor raided last month under suspicion of operating as a brothel pleaded Thursday to misdemeanor prostitution charges.
Sun Cha Chae, 69, of 950 Sanpiper Trail in Warren, pleaded no contest in Newton Falls Municipal Court to three counts of third-degree misdemeanor prostitution for her role in the running the Rose Spa at 4300 state Route 5 that officials shuttered shortly after the raid.
She was fined $1,500. Chae originally faced seven counts of fourth-degree felony promoting prostitution charges.
An employee arrested during the raid, Kyong Hwa Nyguyen, 56, pleaded no contest April 23 to two reduced charges of criminal trespassing and was fined $250. Part of the sentencing included Nyguyen must refrain from committing a similar offense for one year.
Braceville police found 206 condoms and $7,898 inside the spa.
Police raided the spa in April 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. The Four Seasons Spa, owned and operated by different people, was raided in July and an employee and manager were subsequently convicted of lesser crimes of trespassing.
In both raids, officers found a customer engaged in sex acts with employees.
Officers reported finding 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 following the April raid.
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.
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.