ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Liquor Control Commission scheduled Jan. 20 for a public hearing for a massage business whose lawyer filed not guilty pleas on four charges of violating the city’s massage license code.
The attorney also filed guilty pleas with mitigating factors on two other charges.
Attorney Kevin Wendorf appeared before the commission Monday afternoon at the St. Charles council chambers on behalf of Hong Chen, the owner of Summer Spa Massage, 1550 E Main St., St. Charles, in the Tin Cup Pass shopping center. Chen, of Oak Park, did not appear before the commission, but sat in the audience with a translator.
The charges stem from undercover St. Charles police officers doing compliance checks there in October and November, following complaints of suspected prostitution and massage violations.
Wendorf filed not guilty pleas in response to charges of providing a massage without a license on Oct. 16 and Oct. 25; and a charge of providing a massage without being a massage therapist also on Oct. 25; not having the licenses of massage therapists prominently displayed in the reception area on Nov .19; and not having a supervisor on duty at all times on Nov. 19.
Wendorf filed a plea of guilty but with mitigating factors in response to a charge of knowingly exposing or failing to conceal sexual or genital parts of another person or any other person, also on Oct. 25.
“The person who did that is no longer there,” Wendorf said.
Wendorf also filed a plea of guilty but with mitigating factors in response to a Nov. 19 charge of not maintaining a register of all persons employed there, to be available for inspection by city representatives
Mayor Ray Rogina said the commission will hear the guilty but with mitigating factors first, then the not guilty pleas in a formal hearing with witnesses and cross examination.