By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A North Knoxville spa was shut down Thursday as a public nuisance only four months after a spa in the same location was also ordered closed.
Officers with the Knoxville Police Department Organized Crime Unit and District Attorney General Randy Nichols' office closed Green Spa, 5833 Clinton Highway #201, under the state nuisance law.
Homeowners who didn't want to go on camera tell 6 News they're shocked this same spa was busted for a second time, but they're happy this problem business is out of their neighborhood.
Crews were boarding the doors and windows Thursday afternoon with a bold yellow closed sign waiting to be hung at Green Spa.
"Just shows a disregard for the law," said Sean McDermott Assistant District Attorney.
In December, Knoxville undercover officers started visiting this massage parlor. Each time noting that a female employee offered sex acts for money ranging from $40 to $80.
The business closed as a public nuisance and deemed a house of prostitution because of anonymous tips from people who live and work close by.
The same location was boarded under state nuisance law in September 2013. The business was then known as Smile Spa.
A month later, Green Spa opened in the same location with a new business license and a new owner. Officials say the same crimes were committed at Green Spa with many of the same employees as Smile Spa.
But how was this spa able to open back up? McDermott explains, "What happened was they obtained a second business license in a different name from Knox County."
For now Green Spa is closed until orders from the judge.
"We'll put more restrictions on what type of property can come into this and who can open up a business at this location," added McDermott.
The business was located only one and a half miles from Norwood Elementary School.
The District Attorney's Office saying Thursday was a win that keeps neighborhoods safer.
"Crime statistics show a decrease of 85-percent crime across the board in the 39 nuisances that we've closed before," said McDermott.
Investigators say this was the fifth massage parlor to be closed for prostitution in Knoxville.
3221 South Evans Street
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