Greenwood masseuse arrested on prostitution charge

Police arrested a Greenwood masseuse Thursday after police say she touched an officer inappropriately and offered to do more for money.

Yaqin Zhao, 60, of Carmel, was arrested on a charge of prostitution, a misdemeanor. The Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office will decide what, if any, charges to file.

Greenwood police on Monday received reports of possible prostitution at Foot Fitness, a spa located at 1140 North State Road 135, Suite F, and an officer went undercover to verify the validity of the reports, according to a Greenwood Police Department report.

The officer paid $90 for a massage. He undressed, covered himself with a towel and laid on the table. Zhao entered the room, immediately removed his towel, touched him inappropriately and massaged his back. She then asked him to flip over, and touched him inappropriately again, according to the report.

Zhao left the room and returned with a phone. She used a translation app to ask the man if he wanted more. The officer asked how much, and she asked if he would give her a good tip. The officer said he would, but that it would have to wait until the next day, the report said.

The officer returned on Wednesday and was greeted by Zhao, who asked him which massage he wanted. The officer again paid $90 for a massage. Zhao took him to a room in the back of the shop, where she watched him undress and touched him inappropriately. Zhao immediately removed the towel and began to massage the officer, according to the report.

Zhao asked the officer to turn over and touched him inappropriately. She asked him if he wanted more, to which the officer asked if he could have it for $65. Zhao whispered “yes,” and began, the report said.

The officer stopped Zhao immediately and called in another officer, who arrested her, according to the report.

Greenwood police also cited Foot Fitness for operating a massage establishment without a permit. A prior owner of the business had obtained a permit from the city in 2015, but officers discovered this week the business had been been sold since then, and the new owner had not obtained a permit. They were told they could not reopen without a permit, police said.

Zhao was taken to Johnson County jail and released Thursday on $250 bond.