Police charge man in bawdy house operations
Police have charged a 54-year-old male with several offences after a two-month police investigation into three alleged bawdy house operations.
Pierre Lussaint has been charged with three counts of keeping a common bawdy house and one count of living off the avails of prostitution.
The investigation began in April when officers received information about a suspected bawdy house on 105 Avenue and 101 Street operating under a massage parlour license.
Investigations led to several searches conducted at Vegas Spa, 10536-101 Street, and a residence connected to the business owner on 112 Street and 104 Avenue.
Another two businesses were also searched, Kingsway Spa 10408-118 Avenue and Escape and Relax Massage 6510-118 Avenue.
While officers were searching Vegas Spa, police interrupted an alleged sexual assault in progress on one of the female employees.
"There was believed to be a sexual assault that was occurring at that time and who knows what would have happened had officer not entered the premises at that time," said Edmonton Police spokeswoman Karen Carlson.
Police then charged 43-year-old Hermes John Temraz with being found in a common bawdy house and sexual assault.
Lussaint is scheduled to appear in court on June 5th.