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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 03/12/14
Spa owner arraigned on
by CHRIS GRAYA third suspect has been detained for running a Washington Township spa that allegedly provided illicit services to customers.
Observer Staff Writer
Daniel Robin, 64, of Flint turned himself in on March 4 after the Macomb County Sheriff's Office obtained a warrant for his arrest regarding illegal prostitution activities at the Washington Wellness Spa at Van Dyke and 27 Mile Road.
Two employees of the spa, Kyung Suk Moore, 57, and Oksun Hughes, 59, were arrested on Feb. 13 following investigations by the sheriff's Special Enforcement Team (SET).
Capt. Elizabeth Darga said Robin, the business owner, was not arrested at the time because the sheriff's office was gathering more evidence.
"It was determined that he was well aware of what was going on," she said.
Robin was arraigned and charged with keeping a house of prostitution, a five-year felony, and using a computer to commit a crime, a seven-year felony.
His bond was originally set at $200,000 cash or surety, but was lowered to $20,000 after an emergency bond hearing on March 6 in front of Judge Denis LeDuc of the 42-1 District Court. Robin posted the bond.
Moore and Hughes both face the same charges, but are also charged with prostitution/accosting and soliciting, a 93-day misdemeanor. The charge is a third offense for Moore and second offense for Hughes.
The women initially received $200,000 bonds each, but was revised to $50,000 each by LeDuc. Both bonds were posted.
All three suspects will appear before LeDuc at the 42-1 District Court in Romeo on March 18 for a preliminary examination.
The business was first reported by Washington Township Supervisor Dan O'Leary, who said a resident approached him after visiting the business and noticing suspicious and inappropriate activity. O'Leary said he was glad to hear Robin turned himself in and for the matter to be resolved.
"If the charges are true I'll be happy to see him get locked up," he said. "We don't want that kind of business in our town, it degrades the community."
SET conducted a month-long undercover investigation of the operations, gathering evidence that the business was propositioning customers before making the arrests. The Department of Homeland Security and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement assisted with the investigation.
The spa received its sign permit on Dec. 6 from the township and opened later that month. Investigations unveiled an ad for the spa on backpage.com posted Dec. 27.
A similar case occurred in Washington Township in 2008. The sheriff's office arrested two employees at the Washington Spa, formerly located across from the Township Municipal Building on Van Dyke, for prostitution activities.