Police raid suspected prostitution ring (with video)
Dec 17, 2015 at 5:20 PM
Lebanon police executed a search warrant and padlocked a local spa Friday following a six-month investigation into apparent prostitution.
Lebanon SWAT officers entered the Lee Spa at about 6 p.m. and found five people, two of which were believed to be customers, according to Chief Scott Bowen. Police would not release the names of those present at the spa, and no charges were filed, but are expected.
Bowen said officers gathered evidence Friday during the raid that could be presented to an upcoming Wilson County grand jury.
According to Assistant District Attorney Jimmy Lee, in addition to the search warrant, a petition was filed to abate a public nuisance. A temporary injunction was also filed to padlock the business, and Lee said the district attorney’s office would ask for a permanent injunction in a hearing Friday at 10 a.m.
“This is a civil and a criminal action happening at the same time,” Lee said.
Bowen said Friday’s raid was a joint operation with Lebanon police, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents and federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. He said ICE agents would be checking on the immigration status of the spa workers, who are believed to be Korean.
“We’ve worked really hard this week with the district attorney’s office to get the proper paperwork so we could execute these search warrants and padlock the place,” Bowen said.
According to Bowen, police received complaints and tips concerning Lee Spa since it opened in April in a strip mall near 239 exit on Interstate 40. He said police also monitored social media where terms like “special treats” were found when describing Lee Spa.
Moo Shik Yoon was listed as Lee Spa’s owner on the business license.