Libertyville massage parlor busted, masseuse arrested for prostitution
Hong Yang, a masseuse, has been charged with prostitution for allegedly offering sex acts at a Libertyville spa. | Lake County Sheriff photo
Updated: March 18, 2013 1:17AM
LIBERTYVILLE — A local spa has allegedly been offering clients a lot more than a relaxing massage.
On Tuesday, Jan. 8, a joint investigation between the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Libertyville Police Department resulted in the arrest of Hong Yang, 41, of Chicago.
Yang was taken into custody at Dragon Spa, located at 402 Peterson Road, and charged with prostitution.
The arrest was the culmination of a month-long investigation into the spa after law enforcement received an anonymous tip that sex acts were being offered for money.
Three county detectives received hour-long massages in the course of the investigation. At around 1 p.m. on Jan. 8, Yang offered to massage the genital area of a detective for an additional fee.
Yang’s bond was set at $1,000 and she was subsequently released from custody after posting the required 10 percent.
Yang is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
An employee answered the phone at Dragon Spa on Wednesday morning, but a manager was not immediately available for comment.
A spokesperson at the Lake County Sheriff’s Department said no further investigation of Dragon Spa is planned at this time.
“If something like that is going on, we obviously don’t want the business in town,” said Village President Terry Weppler upon hearing the news. He added that he would confer with Police Chief Clint Herdegen and Director of Community Development John Spoden to see what, if any, legal measures could be taken.
Herdegen echoed Weppler’s zero tolerance stance.
“We’re not going to allow this to happen,” he said.
Herdegen said that Dragon Spa was already on Libertyville Police’s radar when it was mentioned on a website that lists massage parlors which are known to offer “extra” services.
As a result of that, Herdegen says he has been working with the village attorney since November to draft an ordinance that would govern massage establishments.
The details are still being worked out and Herdegan underlined the fact that the village doesn’t want to place an undue burden on legitimate massage businesses.