March 27, 2017 09:57 PM
A Forest Lake massage parlor has had its license revoked after an employee was charged with prostitution.
The city council voted unanimously to revoke the license of Flawless Massage and that of the employee, 53-year-old Wei Lu.
Lu, of St. Paul, was charged in Washington County last week with prostitution in a public place, a gross misdemeanor.
The criminal complaint states that the parlor had been the subject of a number of police calls about potential prostitution dating to April 2015, when it was known as Pampering Palms Massage.
That prompted Forest Lake police and the Washington County Sheriff's Department to set up a sting operation, which officers carried out March 20.
The complaint states a Washington County detective was given $130 of documented money to use in the operation and outfitted with a recording device.
The detective was greeted by a woman later identified as Lu, who provided an agreed-upon one-hour massage for $70 during which she is alleged to have made contact with the detective's scrotum on "approximately 10 occasions."
The complaint states Lu left the room at one point and returned to find the detective standing completely naked. He removed $60 from his pants pocket, laid down on the table and placed the money near his head.
Lu then allegedly asked if the detective would like her to massage "down there," to which he responded in the affirmative.
According to the complaint, Lu began manually stimulating the detective before he provided a bust signal to authorities standing by.
He told Lu to stop and began getting dressed. Lu asked if the $60 was hers, and he said it was. She picked up the money and left the room. An arrest was made moments later, during which officers found the documented money in Lu's jeans pocket.
Lu faces up to one year in prison and/or up to a $3,000 fine.
Updated: March 27, 2017 09:57 PM
Created: March 27, 2017 04:52 PM
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