A woman who operated a prostitution ring disguised as two Omaha spas is headed to prison.
U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp sentenced Kim Bivens to 37 months in prison. The Omahan was given credit for time served, plus three years of supervised release.
Smith Camp also recommended that Bivens, 46, go through a 500-hour drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.
“Regardless of what my sentence is, I know I'll definitely never get involved with something like this ever again,” Bivens told Smith Camp.
Bivens pleaded guilty in August to criminal conspiracy as part of a plea deal in which she agreed to testify against her codefendants and to further cooperate with authorities. The felony carried a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of probation.
Bivens' mother, Christina Bivens, said her family is happy with the sentence, which they expected to be longer.
Bivens was accused of operating the spas on her own and with William R. Knox and Tammy L. Schuck of Omaha and Tabatha N. Ashburn of Junction City, Kan. All three were charged in April.
Also charged was Christopher J. Tierney of Omaha, who is accused of running the spas' online presence and managing electronic records.
Prosecutors said Bivens managed about a dozen employees who performed sex acts at various locations in northwest and southwest Omaha.
Customers had to prove themselves by engaging in some type of sexual conduct before they could partake in a “table shower” or other sexual acts performed by the employees, according to court records.
Knox and the others kept an electronic list of 2,500 clients and their status with the spas. Big tippers were noted on the list and were eligible for more acts.
Bivens' customers generally paid about $100 for an hour, plus a tip that went to the employee, according to a search warrant.
The four other defendants pleaded not guilty. Schuck, Ashburn and Tierney are scheduled to go to trial Feb. 26. Knox's trial is scheduled for April 9.
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