Ten arrested in massage parlor sting
FOUNTAIN VALLEY -- Responding to reports of strange activity at the Pain,
Rehab & Wellness Center at 17922 Magnolia Ave., police have arrested 10
subjects in connection with a prostitution operation, Lt. Paul Sorrell
Four women and six men were arrested Oct. 29. One woman was arrested a
second time on Nov. 11.
Three undercover officers began monitoring the office in late September,
and all were offered various sex services from unlicensed massage
therapists, Sorrell said.
“Usually at a chiropractor’s office, the chiropractor will evaluate you
before prescribing a massage therapist,” Sorrell said. “These men were
coming to the office day and night and brought to back rooms just to see
the massage therapists. They never had appointments with the
According to police records, the office has two licensed chiropractors
who serve as a facade for four unlicensed female therapists in the
office. They performed sex services under the guise of a $45 massage,
The police officers noted a large amount of foot traffic, even after the
office officially closed.
The city’s municipal code governs the operation of massage parlors, but
not chiropractors’ or physicians’ offices, so police carefully documented
their investigation before serving the Oct. 29 search warrant.
Minh Thuy Thi Nguy, 36, of Westminster, was arrested on three counts of
prostitution. Laura Loan Ho, 29, and Van Thuy Nguyen, 19, both of Garden
Grove, were cited for not having a massage technician’s license.
Kim Hoa Christine Huynh, 33, of Westminster, was arrested for failure to
possess an operating permit. Each was arrested and released on a
citation, Sorrell said.
Once the warrant was served, police took over office operations for eight
hours and arrested men who solicited prostitution.
When the police department reopened the office, they used undercover
female officers who posed as massage technicians.
Of the eight men who visited the office later, six were arrested for
soliciting sex acts from the officers, Sorrell said.
David Clark, 35, of Trabuco Canyon, David Clifton, 41, of Stanton,
Charles Hooper, 47, of Huntington Beach, Richard Moldowski, 48, of Laguna
Beach, Brian Newman, 33, of Mission Viejo and Atulkumar Patel, 39 of
Westminster, were all arrested and released on citation, Sorrell said. On
Nov. 11, undercover officers observed the same activity at the office and
arrested Huynh again, this time for soliciting prostitution.
“Many cities in Orange County have dealt with this issue,” Sorrell said.
“As the pressure heats up in other jurisdictions, these people keep
moving to new cities. Prostitution isn’t a rampant problem in Fountain
Valley, but we address it as it comes up.”
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