Spa manager convicted on prostitution charge


A 37-year-old Reisterstown woman was convicted yesterday on a prostitution charge that stemmed from a July raid on a Finksburg massage parlor.

Sun Cha Yun pleaded guilty to receiving the earnings of a prostitute and agreed to forfeit more than $5,000 in exchange for a suspended one-year sentence. Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. placed her on 18 months of supervised probation.

Ms. Sun was one of four people arrested in a July 16 raid on Sunn Express Oriental Spa, at 2025 Suffolk Road. She identified herself to officers as the spa's manager.

The spa has been closed since the raid.

Ms. Sun originally was charged with receiving money for procuring prostitution, maintaining a house of prostitution and conspiracy to commit prostitution. Those charges were dropped as part of Ms. Sun's plea agreement.

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.

The complaints spurred State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman to push for legislation allowing the county to regulate massage parlors. At a hearing in Annapolis last March, Mr. Hickman told General Assembly members that a massage parlor in Carroll County was "tied to Asian organized crime and [a] front for prostitution."

The massage parlor regulations he sought went into effect last month.

As the investigation continued, two informants were given $140 and told to enter Sunn Express. Both informants were given brief massages.

Court records said that after one of those sessions ended, the informant involved asked, "That's it?"

The woman who had been massaging him replied, "Well, you can leave me a tip."

The "tip" was a $100 bill. The woman then performed intercourse with the informant, the records said.

The second informant had a similar experience that ended in intercourse, the court records said.

On the night of the raid, both informants went back to the spa. Shortly after they entered the front door, state police executed a search warrant.

The troopers reported that they recovered cash, used condoms, ledger books and a small amount of drugs.

The two other women and a man arrested in the raid have yet to go to trial.

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