Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

September 26, 2013

One arrested in raid on local spa

By Michael R. Moser

CROSSVILLE — QT Spa on Peavine Rd. advertised therapeutic massages of the best quality service at an affordable price on the internet website, but federal, state and local authorities who raided the business Friday claim that more than a rub down was available to customers.

The ad went on to promote its sweet, cute and caring staff who were "well trained, polite and pretty, and we are sure that this will be your last stop to shop for aesthetic services."

Investigators arrested Chong Kyo Park, 58, 1509 Pheasants Glen Dr., Knoxville, and charged her with promotion of prostitution, following a joint undercover investigation conducted by Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas agents and Cumberland County sheriff's investigators.

The TBI launched the investigation into suspected prostitution activities at the spa, and on two occasions an undercover agent allegedly went to the spa during which time the agent was "offered sexual favors in exchange for payment by a female working at the spa," Sheriff's Investigator Jeff Slayton wrote in his report.

A search warrant was executed as a result of the investigation on Friday during which "numerous documents, sexual paraphernalia and large sums of United States currency" were seized.

Evidence also showed that Chong, who was present during the undercover visits, had control over the spa and was reportedly receiving proceeds of the activities.

During the probe it was learned from customs agents that Chong had been ordered deported from the US in 2008, but had fled.

She was transported to the Cumberland County Justice Center where she was later served a warrant from another state. The second charge was not listed in the arrest report. In addition, immigration officials placed a detainer holding Chong for that agency.

Bond on the prostitution charge was set at $500,000.

The raid was one of several across the state conducted by law enforcement agencies during the past week.