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March 7, 2007


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Health spa closed after investigation
Undercover officer offered various sex acts in exchange for money BY CHRIS BRIDGES
An undercover investigation by the Banks County Sheriff’s Office during the weekend led to the closing of a health spa off Hwy. 441 near I-85 for charges of prostitution.
CoCo Health Spa, located at 133 Frontage Road, has had its business license revoked following the arrest of three employees Friday night on various charges including prostitution.
Banks County Sheriff Charles Chapman said his department had previously received complaints about the business, but the number of complaints had increased recently.
An undercover officer went into the establishment last Friday night with video and audio surveillance equipment. Once the officer paid to enter the establishment, he was allegedly offered various sex acts by the employee who was supposed to give him a massage.
At this time, other officers entered the establishment. Arrested and charged were:
•Jean Ann Medina, 53, Ray City, prostitution and masturbation for hire.
•Chow Ray, 61, Duluth, keeping a place of prostitution.
•Song Ok Kim, 41, Brooklyn, New York, obstruction.
All of the charges are misdemeanors.
A fourth person was at the establishment, but was not arrested. Chapman said this person appeared to be at the CoCo Health Spa for cleaning purposes.
Chapman said the investigation showed that different women were used on a rotating basis at the spa. None, however, had a license to practice massage therapy as required by state law. Also, various employees were apparently living at the business.
Chapman said Medina and Ray have been arrested previously on prostitution-related charges in DeKalb and Cobb counties.
All three women arrested were bonded out of the Banks County Jail Sunday afternoon.
The spa will have to obtain its business license back from the Banks County Board of Commissioners if it wants to continue operating in the future.


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