The business license for Impression Spa in Apple Valley has been revoked for reported city code violations, including an alleged “sexual massage.”
On Sept. 26, the Apple Valley City Council adopted a resolution that affirmed a hearing officer’s recommended findings and decision, and revoked the business license for the spa, located at 7631 145th St. W.
According to the city, Impression Spa, solely owned and operated by Yuanling Lan, held a massage therapy business license effective July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019. Lan had a massage therapist license for the same period. City Clerk Pam Gackstetter noted that neither Lan nor her attorney were present at the Sept. 26 council meeting.
A summary on Yelp.com says the business specialized in “classic massage, Swedish massage, hot stones massage, deep tissue massage, Thai massage and Chinese Tui na,” and provided aromatherapy.
City documents state the city clerk issued a notice for revoking Impression Spa’s business license based on code violations found during a compliance check by the Apple Valley Police Department on March 7.
In January, a detective was assigned to investigate alleged license violations at the spa after an anonymous complaint came in that certain people at the spa were “involved in sexual massage and prostitution,” a city report said.
The detective performed a compliance check while working undercover on Jan. 31. He made an appointment with Lan for a one-hour massage, and she performed it. No violations occurred during the session.
The detective made email contact with a woman, identified as “Maddie Lee” in the report, who had been named in the anonymous complaint and in reviews on adult erotic websites. He first got an automated response with pricing and sexual services offered, according to the city.
The detective exchanged further emails with the woman and consulted with a sex crimes task force. He made an appointment with the woman for March 7 and they met at Impression Spa.
During the appointment, the detective paid “Maddie Lee” $150 with serial number-recorded bills, and the woman allegedly gave the detective a sexual massage in a private room, the city said.
Law enforcement partners executed a search warrant of the business and seized items of evidence including a ledger with handwritten notes with dates of massages, dollar amounts and a letter that appeared to signify who had given the massage. The detective’s March 7 massage appears to be recorded in the ledger.
A leather wallet containing $50 of the serial number-recorded bills and an identification that matched “Maddie Lee” and gave her real name was recovered, along with a price list for legitimate massages at Impression and another money bag with $100 in the serial number-recorded bills.
“Maddie Lee’s” real name was not given in the city report.
A detective interviewed Lan, who allegedly admitted that “Maddie Lee” was her employee and performed massage services for the business. “Maddie Lee” does not have a massage therapy license from the city, according to the report.
The report noted that the opportunity to cross-examine the detective was limited because the investigation was ongoing. The counsel for the licensees had no access to the police report.
According to the city, a hearing was requested once Lan and the business received the notice for revocation of the business license.
The hearing was held on July 10 and presided over by an appointed hearing officer, Peter G. Mikhail. He found Impression Spa violated several provisions of city code and recommended revocation of the massage therapy business license.
The resolution adopted by the council does not revoke Lan’s massage therapist license but declares no subsequent license will be issued to her on the grounds that the Impression Spa license is revoked.
As of the Sept. 26 report, no one had been charged in the case. Apple Valley Police Capt. Nick Francis said Oct. 7 that the case is still an active investigation and more information will be made available if any charges are filed.
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