Macon massage parlor owner pleads no contest

The owner of a Macon massage parlor pleaded no contest to a nuisance citation in Municipal Court on Wednesday morning.

Hyeon Joo Chae, owner of Sedona Tanning Salon, formerly called Soft Hands Massage and Spa, was sentenced to pay a $100 fine, said Floyd Buford, her lawyer.

The plea hearing was complete within a couple of minutes.

Chae was arrested during a raid March 31 by the Macon police and Secretary of State’s Office.

She was charged with prostitution and sexual battery. The charges are pending, Buford said.

More than 30 women have been arrested in multiple raids at Macon and Bibb County massage parlors since June 2008.

Eleven of the women have pleaded guilty or been convicted in Bibb County State Court. The women were fined and sentenced to probation or to serve suspended jail sentences, according to state court records.

Prosecutor Rebecca Grist said Yong Suk Dew, of Atwood Drive, was found not guilty at a March 2010 trial. Dew was arrested Oct. 27, 2009, at Angel’s Spa, 1672 N. Atwood Drive, on a charge of masturbation for hire.

Charges were dismissed against two women, Sandy Le Tran and Ma Thin Ngoc Trinh, she said.

Tran was charged with keeping a place of prostitution in June 2008 during a raid at Thailand Spa, 4378 Pio Nono Ave.

Trinh, of Fayetteville, N.C., died before prosecution.

She was charged with prostitution following a July 2008 raid at Ultimate Spa, 3355 Pio Nono Ave.

Bench warrants have been issued for four of the women, including one who has been deported, Grist said.

The rest of the cases still are pending with three scheduled for jury trials and non-jury trials in October and November, she said.

One of the cases still pending is against 29-year-old Sun Ah Cho, a woman charged with solicitation of sodomy in connection with a March 3 raid at Tokyo Health Spa, 2790 Riverside Drive.

Cho has alleged an undercover Macon police officer involved in the raid solicited oral sex and engaged in oral sex with her before her arrest.

Macon police have said the officer “acted appropriately” and that women involved in some of the raids have been “aggressive” with some of the officers.

Cho’s lawyer filed notice in April with the city of Macon that she planed to file a $500,000 lawsuit claiming illegal arrest, sexual assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The lawsuit has not yet been filed.

Grist said she couldn’t comment on Cho’s criminal case because it’s still pending.

Information from The Telegraph’s archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.