Documents give insight into spa raided twice in 2 weeks

by: Mike Petchenik Updated:

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. - Police reports obtained by Channel 2 Action News give a clearer picture of what investigators believe was going on inside a Johns Creek spa raided twice in two weeks.

Channel 2's Mike Petchenik filed an open records request with the city for all complaints against Sapphire Spa on Medlock Bridge Road dating back to the beginning of June.

According to the paperwork, police became aware of the spa after a therapist at a nearby massage facility complained to them.

"The client asked if she did body rubs," the report said of the complaint. "It's when you put your body up against mine and use oil."

When the therapist told the client she didn't do "body rubs," the report said the client said, "Fine, I'll just go next door" in reference to Sapphire Spa.

Then, on July 9, another report said police were called to the business because of an unruly customer who allegedly attacked an employee.

The report said the man asked the employee how much it would cost for a massage and more, and a price was agreed upon.

"She then removed her clothes and started to have sex with him," the report said. "During intercourse she suddenly stopped. He asked her why she stopped and she stated if he wanted more, it would cost him more."

The report said the customer got angry and attacked the employee, and a manager stunned him with a Taser. The customer was charged with disorderly conduct, but not with soliciting prostitution.

Owner Terrence Napier told Petchenik he denies any wrong-doing.

"It's funny and entertaining to me," Napier told Petchenik. "Where are the prostitution charges at? That's what the warrant says. Where are the charges at?"

Napier said there was no sex for money at his business.

"If that's the case, have the guy give his statement and write the charge," he said. "Give us a prostitution charge."

During one raid, police cited several women for operating without a business license, and during a second raid, police charged two people for operating a sexually oriented business. Both are due in city court next week.

Two weeks ago, Channel 2 Action News reported that a Henry County assistant prosecutor resigned from his position after police spotted his car at the Sapphire Spa while he was supposed to be on the clock.

According to the city, Sapphire has applied for a retail license to sell bath and body oils, but not for a massage license. Late Friday, the city manager issued a letter of intent to deny the license because of allegations of prostitution.

Lucy Ye, who operates Serenity Balance spa across the street, told Petchenik spas offering sex are giving her business a bad name.

"Help us get rid of all illegal things from the massage stores," she said. "Our store does a very professional massage. Our masseuses are all licensed."



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