ST. CHARLES – Two of the three women recently charged with prostitution in St. Charles are participating in a court program that could lead to the charges' dismissal.
The St. Charles Police Department charged the women with misdemeanor prostitution in April and May at their places of work – Blue Sky, 1700 Lincoln Highway, Suite J, and Royal Spa, 504 E. Main St., respectively.
"Prostitution generally is not a choice," State's Attorney Joe McMahon said in a written statement. "Our diversion program offers these women an opportunity to avoid the permanent stigma of a conviction, and also the opportunity to understand the health and physical risks associated with the sex trade."
As participants of the Deferred Prosecution Program, Zhang and Gribat must follow the conditions of a 12-month agreement.
According to the agreement, the women must submit to HIV and STD testing as determined by the state's attorney's office, and they must attend any counseling or treatment that is required or suggested based on the results of that testing.
Additionally, the agreement stipulates they cannot associate with any known streetwalkers, prostitutes, pimps, illegal drug users, known gang members or illegal drug sellers.
They also must comply with random drug testing and, among other stipulations, are prohibited from soliciting any sexual acts in person or via the Internet.
Violation of the terms could result in termination from the program, and their cases could return to court for prosecution, according to the agreement.
Gribat's participation in the program is set to end June 3, 2015, and Zhang's will end June 11, 2015, documents show.
Court records also show Gribat's bond has been enlarged to permit her to return and live at her residence in Missouri. Zhang is from Chicago.
Chang-Li Wang – another woman charged with prostitution in April – is expected in court July 10 for a status hearing.