A DuPage County Judge has 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 taking place on the premises.
On March 31, 2011, police officers from the Village and the DuPage Metropolitan Enforcement Group (DuMeg) performed an undercover sting operation at King's Health Spa located at 930 Ogden Avenue, Downers Grove. An undercover police officer posed as a customer seeking a therapeutic massage. When the employee offered to perform a sexual act, the employee was arrested and charged with prostitution.
Following a hearing in October 2011, the Village revoked King's business license based on this misconduct. King's then challenged the revocation in court.
On July 11, 2013, Judge Robert G. Gibson upheld the revocation decision. He concluded that 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," said Downers Grove Mayor Martin Tully. "They also diminish the reputation of legitimate, professional therapeutic massage facilities. The Village Council and I are gratified that Judge Gibson took a common sense approach in reviewing the record, seeing this operation for what it was, and upholding the local authority to regulate these businesses and uphold the law."
In a similar case involving Ace Health Spa (1911 Ogden Avenue), 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.
Regardless of the outcome of the Ace case, Judge Gibson's decision in King's now places any operators of massage establishments in Downers Grove on notice that the Village will
continue to monitor their activities and vigorously enforce our laws and regulations.