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Three women charged after massage parlor investigation

February 19, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

Three women were charged with prostitution Friday by the Washington County Sheriff's Department after a nearly monthlong investigation revealed the Halfway-area massage parlor in which they worked allegedly conducted illegitimate business, Investigator Greg Alton said.

Su Cha Corry, 62, the owner of BioSpa at 18216 Oak Ridge Drive, Yong Sook Lee, 34, BioSpa employee, and Sun Ja Lee, 53, BioSpa office manager, all of 15142 Clear Spring Road in Williamsport, were charged with prostitution, Alton said.

Yong Sook Lee also was charged with practicing massage without a license, he said. Alton alleged she performed massages and sex acts. All three women were released later Friday on personal recognizance, Alton said.

The three women were the business' only employees, he said. The business advertised itself as operating seven days a week and specializing in holistic and sports massage, he said.

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On Jan. 24, the sheriff's department received a complaint that BioSpa, operated out of an old M&T Bank building, was illegitimate. He said the business opened shortly before police received the complaint.

Investigators began conducting surveillance of the business and copied down tag numbers of cars frequenting it, Alton said. Police pulled over men leaving BioSpa and, through interviews, confirmed that sex acts and massages were performed there, Alton said.

He said a search warrant was executed on the business Friday, turning up money, documents and massage oils. No patrons have been charged, he said. "We still have seven notebook pages full of tag numbers we got during surveillance of males frequenting the business who I still need to interview," he said.

 

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