Woman arrested in raid convicted of prostitution

March 16, 1994|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer

A 34-year-old woman arrested in a July raid of a Finksburg massage parlor was convicted on a single prostitution charge but will be allowed to wipe the conviction from her record.

Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold on Monday convicted Miyon W. Heil -- who sometimes uses the name Candy Doe -- of engaging in prostitution, a misdemeanor.

The judge granted Ms. Heil probation before judgment, which will let her erase the conviction after three years of unsupervised probation.

Ms. Heil was one of four arrested in a July 16 raid on Sunn Express Oriental Spa at 2025 Suffolk Road. She gave the spa as her address.

Three of those arrested have been convicted on charges ranging from prostitution to drug possession.

The spa has been closed since the raid.

Ms. Heil originally was charged with engaging in prostitution, maintaining a house of prostitution and conspiracy to commit each of those crimes. As part of a plea agreement struck Monday, Ms. Heil pleaded not guilty to the first charge but allowed prosecutors to present evidence sufficient to convict her. Prosecutors dropped the remaining charges.

The raid ended an investigation of Sunn Express by state troopers and the Carroll state's attorney's office. The probe, which began in April and lasted several months, was prompted by complaints from Finksburg residents that the spa was a front for prostitution.

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