The landlord of a New Holland spa filed a court complaint Tuesday against a tenant charged with promoting prostitution last month, court documents show.
Zhimin Wang, 58, was charged with prostitution and promoting prostitution after an undercover police investigation Feb. 21 at the Angel Spa, 36 W. Main St.
In the filing, property owner Scott R. Monger of Monger II LLC, asks for judgment and costs due to a "breach of contract due to police activity."
A hearing is scheduled with District Judge Jonathan Heisse on March 28.
New Holland police said the investigation was prompted by four separate complaints from citizens within a week regarding possible prostitution.
Wang refused to cooperate with police or an interpreter, so they first charged her as "Jane Doe" and held her without bail, according to court documents. She identified herself Feb. 26 and posted $7,500 bail, court records show. Her lawyer, Lorraine Russell Hagy, has not responded to requests for comment.
Wang waived a formal arraignment scheduled Friday in Lancaster County Court. Her next court date was not listed on her docket as of Friday morning.
The undercover investigation was done by the Lancaster County Drug Task Force, according to police documents. An officer set up an appointment Feb. 21. He paid Wang for a massage, and then she offered to perform a sex act in exchange for money, according to police.
After the arrest, police got a search warrant to seize web cameras and security cameras as well as search call logs from Wang's phone, believing the calls to the spa were going to her cell, court records show.
After the arrest, New Holland police Chief William Leighty said he could not talk about the case because it's under investigation.
'Here in New Holland, really?'
Kim Coch, who owns Jane’s Flower Shoppe across the street from the spa, recently told LNP she wondered why it had stayed open after the arrest.
“It’s concerning because we are a small town,” She said. “Here in New Holland, really?”
New Holland manager Dick Fulcher said the borough was not involved in the police investigation into the business because it was not violating zoning rules.
"It's in legitimate commercial district. That's all I can tell you," he said. "(It's) not breaking any violations."
Mayor Timothy Bender said no one personally approached him with concerns after the arrest.
"As far as operating and open again, I’m not sure that there are any issues remaining there," he said.
"As mayor and more importantly as a resident in New Holland, I’m concerned with any crime that would occur in our town," Bender said, adding the borough has a "strong" police department.
Monger, who has owned the property under Monger II LLC since 2017, has not responded to requests for comment.