The owner of a “spa” that authorities say was a front for prostitution is headed to prison.
William “Randy” Knox, 64, was sentenced Monday to a year in prison, a $100,000 fine and two years of probation in the high-profile federal case.
He pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy and conspiracy to commit money laundering. As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped six other charges.
He also had to forfeit a 2004 Nissan Roadster, a 2005 Ford Expedition and $4,641.89, and to pay $225,000 in restitution.
Knox’s case is part of a federal investigation into three Omaha spas where, authorities say, women performed sex acts in exchange for money.
Knox had owned and managed the spa since the 1990s, prosecutors said Monday.
Four others were also charged in the case.
The two women who are accused of running the spa, Tammy Schuck and her daughter, Tabatha Ashburn, have pleaded not guilty to several charges.
A third woman, Kim Bivens, previously pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy and was sentenced to 37 months in prison.
The fourth defendant, Christopher J. Tierney, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy. In exchange for Tierney’s plea, prosecutors plan to drop several other charges against him.
Prosecutor John Higgins said at a court hearing that Tierney ran the website for the spas.
Tierney, 33, also set up a system where clients could set up an appointment online and an employee would receive a text message on her phone.
Higgins said Tierney set up photo shoots and posted pictures of the women on the website.
He also operated a database of customers, the prosecutor said.
Prosecutors say both Knox and Tierney set up “sessions” with the spa’s workers.
Tierney’s sentencing is scheduled for December.