Massage parlor shut down amidst sex act allegations

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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 12:00 am

A Ralston spa closed its doors last month after an investigation revealed workers allegedly performed sex acts on customers.

Investigators with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services found an instruction manual last June at Sakura Spa, 7318 Harrison St., which translated English words to sexual terms and activities. The document also provided a pronunciation guide.

After the discovery, the Nebraska Board of Massage Therapy recommended Attorney General Jon Bruning pursue disciplinary action. A petition was filed against the business on Sept. 26, 2012.

Owner Xiao Jun Xu surrendered the business’s massage therapy establishment license on Jan. 31 instead of pursuing a formal hearing. The owner won’t be eligible for another license in Nebraska for at least two years.

Sakura Spa received its massage therapy establishment license on April 13, 2012, according to DHHS records.

The investigation began in December 2011 when officials were made aware Sakura Spa advertised itself on an adult website as an erotic massage parlor, according to the petition for disciplinary action. Reviews reported employees gave sexual favors during massages to customers.

Shortly after the business became licensed, an owner filed paperwork reporting a former employee may have performed sex acts on customers.

On June 14, 2012, investigators returned and found two unlicensed individuals performing massages. The investigator wrote up the business for operating with unlicensed personnel.

The Ralston Police Department said Monday it had not received any complaints about the business.

The spa’s business phone number was disconnected.

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