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Arrests Made at Two Massage Parlors, Prostitution Charges

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REHOBOTH, Del. – Delaware State Police made multiple arrests related to prostitution as result of a joint operation that targeted two massage parlors.

Police say the investigation started Thursday morning. Authorities say an undercover detective arrived at the Top Quality Spa at 37169 Rehoboth Ave. Extended for a massage.

During the massage, police say the masseuse, Xiangyu Jin, 44, of Rehoboth, offered a sex act in exchange for cash. The detective refused and left.

The same undercover cop went into the Relaxed Spa located at 37385 Rehoboth Ave. Extended. This time the masseuse, Meizhu Zhang, 43, of Rehoboth, offered to perform a sex act for money. The detective once again refused and left.

Investigators then used search warrants at each spa. Zhang was taken into custody at the Relaxed Spa, as was Howard Brand Jr., 46, of Lewes. Police say Brand was there to pay for a sex act performed by Zhang.

At Top Quality Spa police arrested Jin and another masseuse, Yan F. Dong, 40, of Rehoboth.

Business records and prostitution paraphernalia were seized during the execution of the search warrants of both businesses.

The three suspects were charged with the following as a result of the investigation:

Meizhu Zhang: Prostitution; Engage in practice of Massage and bodywork therapy without being duly licensed. Arraigned at JP3 and released after posting $550.00 secured bond.

Xiangyu Jin: Prostitution; Engage in practice of Massage and bodywork therapy without being duly licensed. Arraigned at JP3 and released after posting $550.00 secured bond.

Yan F. Dong: Prostitution; Engage in practice of Massage and bodywork therapy without being duly licensed. Arraigned at JP3 and released after posting $550.00 secured bond.

The following individuals were also contacted and found to be patronizing the business in exchange for sex acts:

Arthur J. Stouffs, 72 of Bethesda, MD: Patronizing a Prostitute or Request Sexual Contact in Return for Fee. Released on Criminal Summons

Richard L. Engle, 38 of Magnolia: Patronizing a Prostitute or Request Sexual Contact in Return for Fee. Released on Criminal Summons

Barry C. Lenhart, 72 of Lewes: Patronizing a Prostitute or Request Sexual Contact in Return for Fee. Released on Criminal Summons

James S. Shortley, 80 of Rehoboth: Patronizing a Prostitute or Request Sexual Contact in Return for Fee. Released on Criminal Summons

Howard W. Brand Jr, 46 of Lewes: Patronizing a Prostitute or Request Sexual Contact in Return for Fee. Released on Criminal Summons

Delaware State Police Sussex Drug Task Force, Sussex Governor's Task Force, Troop 4 Major Crimes Unit, Department of State Division of Professional Regulation, State of Delaware Department of Justice, and Department of Homeland Security Investigations collaborated in this case.

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