A Ralston spa has closed its doors after an investigation revealed that workers allegedly performed sex acts on customers.
Owner Xiao Jun Xu surrendered Sakura Spa's massage therapy establishment license Jan. 31 rather than pursue a formal hearing. The owner won't be eligible for another license in Nebraska for at least two years.
It's not known whether the business at 7318 Harrison St. is under criminal investigation.
Attempts to reach the owner for comment were unsuccessful.
Investigators with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services found an instruction manual at the spa in June. The manual provided English translations for sexual terms and activities. The document also provided a pronunciation guide.
After the discovery, the Nebraska Board of Massage Therapy recommended that Attorney General Jon Bruning pursue disciplinary action. A petition was filed against the business Sept. 26.
The Ralston Police Department said Monday that it had not received any complaints about the business.
Police Chief Ron Murtaugh said his department has never taken any action against the business and never arrested anyone linked to the spa.
The Omaha FBI office declined to comment on whether it is investigating. A spokeswoman for Bruning referred questions to the HHS website. The State Patrol and U.S. Attorney's Office in Omaha did not return calls seeking comment.
In an unrelated case, federal prosecutors indicted five people last year for allegedly running a prostitution ring disguised as three west Omaha spas. One woman pleaded guilty last month and was sentenced to 37 months in prison. The others are scheduled to go to trial this year.
Sakura Spa received its massage therapy establishment license April 13, according to state health records.
The investigation began in December 2011 when officials learned that Sakura Spa advertised itself on an adult website as an erotic massage parlor, according to the petition for disciplinary action. Some customers alleged that employees gave sexual favors during massages.
Shortly after the business became licensed, an owner filed paperwork reporting that a former employee may have performed sex acts on customers.
On June 14, investigators found two unlicensed individuals performing massages. The investigator wrote up the business for operating with unlicensed personnel.
World-Herald staff writers Kevin Cole, Roseann Moring and Jay Withrow contributed to this report.