In 2012, the county issued Qiyi Hao a health spa license to operate Q Massage at 1200 Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw near Cobb Parkway.
The Cobb Police Department received complaints of suspected sex acts occurring at the business, spurring a compliance check on Nov. 5. The police check resulted in the arrest of employee Jing Wang, 44, who has a listed address of Monterey, Calif.
According to the warrant, Wang was allegedly paid $40 “for a therapeutic massage and during that period of time … did touch the genitals of a law enforcement officer who was working in a undercover capacity, and … did continue to do so in an erotic manner.”
The police check also revealed three other people working at the spa who were not licensed massage practitioners as required by the county code.
Appealing license revocation
When Hao applied to renew his license this year, the county’s business license division denied the request Feb. 21. Hao is appealing the denial to the Board of Commissioners.
Wang wasn’t the only one arrested in the business.
Paul Foster, the county’s business license manager, writes in his report that a second woman was charged by Cobb Police for the same violation on April 24.
“This violation occurred after you appeared before the License Review Board on March 14 and promised to spend more time supervising the store in order to prevent violations of law in the future,” Foster writes in a May 2 letter to Hao.
The county regulates 34 massage businesses.
Commissioner Helen Goreham represents the area.
“This is the first case that I have encountered in my district, and I’m in my 11th year on the board, so this is not a frequent occurrence,” Goreham said. “Thinking back I can’t remember anything similar to this.”
While there have been requests for adult stores that sell adult videos and products, Goreham said she’s never dealt with this kind of case.
“It tells me for the most part we have business owners here in Cobb County who run legitimate businesses and obey the listed requirements that Cobb County has in effect,” Goreham said.
Today’s meeting, which begins at 9 a.m., is held in the board room at 100 Cherokee St. in Marietta.