ROCKVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — A Germantown woman pleaded guilty Monday to operating a house of prostitution in Rockville.
Emily Zhang Lawrence, 47, was arrested last summer after a five-month investigation found 18 men admitted to paying for sex acts at Rose’s Spa, which she runs, Montgomery County Police said in August.READ MORE: Security Camera Video Shows Chaotic Scene, Quick Police Response After West Baltimore Mass Shooting
Zhang Lawrence reportedly shut down the massage parlor for a week last April after a client tipped her off about the police investigation, the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office said. Officials in Frederick County prosecuted the case due to a conflict of interest in Montgomery County.READ MORE: Leaders Call Fells Point Violence 'Tragic & Unacceptable,' Police Urging People To Speak Up
Zhang Lawrence then re-opened the massage parlor and continued running it as a house of prostitution, officials said.MORE NEWS: Maryland Offices, Schools Announce Closures Friday In Observance Of Juneteenth
Prosecutors and the defense agree on a one-year suspended sentence and unsupervised probation for Zhang Lawrence when she is sentenced in June. They’re also calling for her to suspend her business license and not open or operate a spa or massage parlor in Maryland.