Second Spa Is Targeted

Police Call Rose's A Massage Parlor

August 05, 1991|By Elise Armacost | Elise Armacost,Staff writer

A second Linthicum massage parlor could be about to go the way of all flesh.

Two days after county officials ordered the V.I.P. Spa toshut down for running a massage parlor in a area not zoned for such activity, they received indications that Rose Oriental Health Spa is also offering massages in violation of zoning laws.

"If in fact they're doing that, and we get that information from the police, this is also a violation, and we will be sending them a letter" ordering them to stop offering massages, said Richard Josephson, acting zoning administrator.

Police spokesman V. Richard Molloysaid last week that vice squads have been investigating Rose's and V.I.P. for at least a year. He said both run massage parlors, and in both places female masseuses were observed manually stimulating male clients.

On Friday, a woman who answered the phone at Rose's said massages cost $60 for an hour or $40 for a half hour.

Rose's, 7484 Candlewood Drive, is in a light industrial zone. V.I.P, 500 Camp Meade Road, is in a community retail district. Massage parlors are allowed as special exceptions only in general commercial and highway commercial districts. A public hearing must be held on all requests for special exceptions.

Despite the order to close, V.I.P. remained open Friday.

Josephson said certified letters containing the order weremailed July 31 to both the owner of the property and the owner of the business. The zoning office has not yet been notified that the letters were received. Once notification is received, a zoning inspector will check to make sure the massage parlor has stopped operating.

Neither V.I.P.'s property owner, Michael Cusimano Jr. of Annapolis, nor the business owner, George Pappas of Cockeysville, could be reached. Health records list the owner of Rose's as Kyong Hui Yun, who alsocould not be reached.

Citizens have filed numerous complaints about the two parlors with police and County Councilman George F. Bachman, D-Linthicum. Their complaints centered, not on zoning issues, but on fears that illicit sexual activity was taking place.

The only sexual activity police said they found, however, was masturbation -- which is not covered under solicitation laws. Undercover police tried to solicit female employees for prostitution, which includes intercourse and oral and anal sex, but the women have always refused, Molloy said.

"Although we might consider what they're doing morally wrong, there's nothing to make it legally wrong," Molloy noted.

Bachmanis working on legislation to make it illegal to buy or sell manual stimulation in Anne Arundel. Under such legislation, massage parlors offering this service could be shut down even if they are not violating zoning laws.

Both V.I.P. and Rose's received permission from thezoning office to run health spas, Josephson said.

Though the massages must cease upon receipt of the zoning order, the establishments may continue to offer permitted health services, he said.

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