Wellness Spa in Oak Park has been permanently closed after being deemed a “public nuisance.”
Oak Park Permanently Shutters Wellness Spa After Several Sexual Assault Allegations
Wellness Spa (a.k.a. Sunny Spa) in Oak Park has been permanently shut down after being declared a “public nuisance” amid numerous reports of sexual assaults at the spa. Village Manager Cara Pavlicek made this decision after a hearing on December 19, 2019.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation and sting operation following several allegations of massage therapists sexually assaulting customers.
In one case, a male employee was arrested for allegedly touching “the sexual or genital areas of a customer while on the premises of the property” in November 2018. That employee was charged with criminal sexual assault and he eventually pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge of battery. He was also arrested for giving massages without a license.
Several people have also left Yelp reviews alleging sexual assault by massage therapists at the business.
Two undercover agents with the Cook County Sheriff’s Police also had their towels removed by massage therapists, according to a criminal complaint.
Wellness Spa owner Xue E. Weng was issued two citations for these incidents and paid two $50 fines in July 2019. The spa was also cited for employing a second unlicensed massage therapist.