Spa owner gets chance to avoid prosecution PTC

May 19, 1994|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer

The owner of a closed Ellicott City spa will not be prosecuted on charges that she operated a prostitution ring at the shop as long as she doesn't own or work at a similar business in Maryland.

County prosecutors agreed to put the case of Kyong Suk English on Howard Circuit Court's inactive docket during a hearing before Judge Cornelius Sybert Jr. yesterday.

Prosecutors can pursue the case in the next three years if Ms. English does not meet the terms of the agreement.

If she does, the charges will be removed from her record at the end of the three-year period.

Ms. English, 41, of the 4300 block of Temora Manor Lane in Ellicott City, had been charged with operating a house of prostitution, operating a bawdyhouse and three counts of receiving earnings from a prostitute.

She could have been sentenced to a total of 12 years in prison, had she been convicted of the charges.

Ms. English operated the Miami Spa in the 9200 block of Baltimore National Pike, where three women were arrested on prostitution charges after a police raid on May 13, 1993. The spa never reopened after that raid.

The three women each were fined $150 and ordered to complete six months of probation after they pleaded guilty to one count of prostitution in Howard District Court in September.

One of the women told investigators that Ms. English prepared each woman's work shift, bought supplies for the business and collected half the women's earnings at the end of every workday.

Police said an informant, whose name is not listed in reports, twice went to Miami Spa during the month before the raid. He paid $140 each time to a woman, who performed sex acts and intercourse.

At the time of the raid, investigators found Ms. English with $6,380, police said. Investigators traced the serial numbers of the money and learned that $40 of the cash had been used by the police informant.

In January, police raided three other Howard County massage parlors and arrested five women as part of an eight-month prostitution investigation.

Throughout the investigation, police provided informants with money to enter the spas, ostensibly for massages. The men reported to police that their experiences often began with a suggestive massage and ended with sex.

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