EUCLID - A Warren man connected to one of the former massage parlors closed by the city two years ago and his ex-wife are due to appear in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court June 25 to answer to felony prostitution charges.
William P. Nguyen, 49, 1523 Youngstown Road S.E., and Huang My T. Nguyen, 29, 669 E. 185 St., Euclid, were arrested last week following a raid at a tanning salon that investigators said has been operating as a front for a brothel.
Preliminary hearings for each of them scheduled Thursday in Euclid Municipal Court were canceled after they were indicted by a Cuyahoga County grand jury on two counts each of promoting prostitution.
They each remained free on $10,000 bond, which was set at their initial court appearances last week in municipal court.
Investigators said they provided sex in exchange for money at the Golden Tan Management Tanning Salon and Aroma Therapy, 669 E. 185th St., Euclid, listed in court records as Huang My T. Nguyen's residence. William Nguyen is named in investigative records as a manager of Golden Tan.
Court records from the Warren investigation list William P. Nguyen as doing business as Fantacy Spa, 1523 Youngstown Road S.E. That spa was part of a sweep of the eight spas that were raided in Warren on May 30, 2012, and closed by the city the following month.
No criminal charges have been filed in that case.
Earlier this week, Euclid police Detective Sgt. Thomas Arriza said the investigation of the Euclid salon was launched in May after a customer, who had gone into the business expecting a legitimate massage, contacted police.
Arriza said it became apparent to the man that he was not being offered "a legitimate massage" and he called police to report his concerns.
FBI and Homeland Security agents assisted Euclid police with the investigation. Arriza said investigators spent most of May conducting surveillance of the business, observing the amount of traffic coming and going from that business.
When they raided the business Wednesday, they found William Nguyen, Huang My T. Nguyen and another woman there. Both women, who spoke Vietnamese, told police they were not being held against their will and were free to leave anytime they wish.
Investigators seized almost $9,000 , several hundred condoms, cell phones, identifications, including at least one passport, several computers and a DVR from the business surveillance cameras, among other items.
Arriza said all three individuals at the spa are in the country legally. He said although initially investigators were concerned about the possibility of human trafficking, they found no evidence to support that.