A Stoughton woman was arraigned on Monday in connection with at her spas in Brockton, Canton and Norwood, according to the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.
Terry Mussari, 45, was arraigned in Brockton District Court on one count of . At the arraignment she pleaded not guilty and was released on $2,000 bail, according to the Attorney General’s Office. She is due back in court on Jan. 9, 2012 for a pretrial conference.
Mussari owns Aria Day Spa in Brockton, Sparkle Day Spa in Canton (at the Cobb’s Corner Village Shoppes) and Spa Bellissimo in Norwood. Authorities investigated allegations of prostitution at all three of these spas, as well as allegations that employees sold drugs to customers and to other employees.
The investigation, which included a raid of all three spas Saturday, resulted in the arrest of Mussari and one of her employees, Tiffany Burgess, 31, of Raynham.
Mussari was arrested at the Aria Day Spa in Brockton at approximately 6 p.m. Saturday. Meanwhile, Burgess is charged in connection to a prostitution allegation dating back to 2007, WHDH/Channel 7 reports.
All three spas have been shutdown, according to FOX25.
“During the course of the investigation, authorities developed evidence indicating that all three spas were allegedly offering sexual activity between masseuses employed by Mussari and their clients in exchange for cash that was characterized as ‘tips,’” the Attorney General’s Office said through a press release.
According to the Attorney General’s Office, “on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, State Police officers assigned to the AG’s Office, the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office, the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office, the State Police CAT team, the State Police Division of Field Services, the Boston office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Canton Police and the Norwood Police entered the facility and executed search warrants at all three spa locations.”
Mussari allegedly “agreed to provide 12 different girls to a group of men who had come to a private party at the Aria Day Spa” in Brockton, and that for $1,720 these girls would provide “sexual services” for the men, Channel 7 reports.
However, the man with whom Mussari allegedly negotiated this deal was an undercover state trooper.
“The trooper made a down payment and then met with Mussari over the weekend when he was allegedly offered sex in return for a payment,” The Boston Globe reports. “At that point, he signaled other waiting troopers and FBI agents, who raided Mussari’s spa.”
Mussari’s attorney, William H. Sims, called the charges “exaggerated,” according to the Globe.
“I think there’s a lot more information,” Sims said, according to Channel 7. “Just from what I know so far the police report was not disclosed in open court.”
Mussari also owned and operated the Spine Stop in Easton, which made headlines in 2003 when a masseuse at the now closed chiropractic clinic and massage parlor was charged with prostitution following an undercover sting, FOX25 reports.
The Spine Stop was located on Rt. 123, less than a half-mile from the Aria Day Spa in Brockton, which is also located on Rt. 123 on the Brockton-Easton line.
Mussari “voluntarily surrendered” her chiropractic license in June of 2006, according to the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure website. According to the licensure website, she currently holds a massage therapy license.
The Attorney General’s Office said “the investigation remains ongoing.”
Assistant Attorney General Dean Mazzone, Chief of Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Enterprise and Major Crimes Division handled Monday’s arraignment, according to a press release from the Attorney General’s Office. The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant Attorney General Anne Kaczmarek, also of Attorney General Coakley’s Enterprise and Major Crimes Division.