Published: Saturday, November 4, 2006
Officials seek closing of massage parlor
The business has been shut down by a temporary restraining order.
LIBERTY Trumbull County and state officials say employees at a local massage parlor have repeatedly engaged in illegal lewd activities now officials are asking the court to shut the business down and liquidate its assets.
Trumbull County and state prosecutors, in a Trumbull County Common Pleas Court filing, say the VIP Health Spa on Amherst Drive has been a nuisance for some time. The filing says the massage parlor owner, Moon Magruder, has been arrested several times on charges of prostitution and lewd activities at the business, which is off Belmont Avenue, just west of a residential neighborhood.
According to Girard Municipal Court records, Magruder was arrested four times in 2005. In May of this year she was convicted of misdemeanor prohibited conduct and two counts of misdemeanor prohibited activities. She was given a 30-day suspended jail sentence and paid $429 in fees and fines.
Township police conducted an eight-day undercover investigation of the business earlier this month.
A township officer posed as a customer and entered the business Oct. 10. While in the business, the court filing said, the officer "was told to get completely undressed, and the employee of VIP engaged in multiple acts of lewd behavior."
According to the court filing, a second officer posed as a customer and went to the business four days later and experienced the same treatment as the earlier undercover officer.
Police executed a search warrant at the business after the two officers' reports. The filing says officers found more evidence of prostitution and lewd activity during the search of the facility.
Officials, in the court filing, say the building in which the business is housed is owned by Robert Walley.
The prosecutor's office is asking that the court order all property and contents at the business removed and sold and that the doors be padlocked. Prosecutors say the illegal activity at the business will continue unless the court intervenes.
Judge Andrew Logan has issued a temporary restraining order effectively closing the business until a court hearing later this month.