Criminal charges were dropped and a warning was issued to an Ankeny massage parlor owner accused of running a prostitution ring out of her business.
Ankeny’s Genzhen You was recently accused by the Iowa Massage Therapy Board of falsely reporting to the board that she had never been convicted of a crime. According to counsel, this charge is based on the fact that You made the claim on her 2015 license application, despite having previously been convicted of an unspecified crime in Texas. Court records show You was arrested in Van Zandt County, Texas at some point in the past and charged with prostitution and operating as an unlicensed massage therapist.
The Iowa board also claims that you employed two unlicensed individuals as massage therapists. As part of a settlement agreement with the council, You agreed to accept a warning and pay a civil penalty of $500.
The licensing board case grew out of a separate criminal investigation that Ankeny police launched in September 2021. That investigation focused on You’s Healthy Spa Massage, located at 107 NE Delaware Ave. in Ankeny.
After performing three months of surveillance of the business and sending an undercover agent to the establishment, authorities charged you with the aggravated misdemeanor of conspiring to advertise and serve prostitution and wearing or displaying a dangerous weapon. The weapon in question was a firearm that you had a license to carry and surrendered to authorities when asked if it was armed, according to police records.
Police and court records say Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force Detective Jacob Cusack walked into Healthy Spa and paid $60 for an hour-long massage. After 40 minutes, according to police, the massage therapist removed the towel from Cusack’s waist, told him to lie on his back and asked, “Me, you? I want you ?
According to defense attorneys, authorities’ recording of the incident indicates that no verbal offers were made. In court filings, they say the massage therapist can be heard saying to Cusack, “Drawers down,” and, after a minute, Cusack is heard asking the woman, “Is that extra?” Is it more? Is it a supplement? When the therapist indicates there will be no additional charges, the attorneys say, Cusack tells him he’ll be back Sunday and is interested in “a good price.” Just then, more officers are heard arriving at the scene and arrests are made.
You’s defense attorney later filed a motion to suppress evidence collected at You’s residence, arguing that the police failed to produce a search warrant despite numerous requests. Two days after this motion was filed with the court, Polk County prosecutors agreed to dismiss all charges against you, telling the court that the matter had triggered “an investigation involving other agencies.” federal and state,” and therefore declined to sue you in the interests of justice.
You then went to court to seek the return of items seized from his home, including his firearm, firearms license and approximately $25,000 in cash. Polk County prosecutors asked for more time to present evidence to support their findings that seized property should not be returned, but then, according to a judge, they offered no evidence of this guy. The judge ordered the return of the seized items.
Charges were also dismissed against You’s alleged co-conspirator at Healthy Spa Massage, Jingmei Zou, who was charged with prostitution.