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DuPage judge upholds revocation of Downers Grove massage parlor's license

Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 4:16 p.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE – A DuPage County judge upheld the decision of the village of Downers Grove to revoke the business license of King's Health Spa as a result of prostitution activity on the premises.

On March 31, 2011, police officers performed an undercover sting operation at King's Health Spa, 930 Ogden Ave.

An undercover police officer posed as a customer seeking a therapeutic massage, according to a press release from the county. When the employee offered to perform a sexual act, the employee was arrested and charged with prostitution.

 Downers Grove revoked King's business license following the misconduct. King's then challenged the revocation in court.

Judge Robert G. Gibson upheld the revocation decision this month. He said the evidence showed the employee engaged in a sophisticated prostitution operation and that the village was within its rights to revoke King's business license based on the illegal activity.

"Storefront prostitution operations masquerading as therapeutic massage facilities are illegal, degrading to the neighborhood and are inconsistent with the values of this village," Downers Grove Mayor Martin Tully said in a press release.

In a similar case involving Ace Health Spa, 1911 Ogden Ave., Circuit Court Judge Terrence Sheen upheld the village's determination that an employee of that establishment had engaged in an act of prostitution, but concluded that the penalty of license revocation was too harsh.

The village was ordered by the judge to impose a penalty other than revocation.

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