ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) A St. George insurance agent is accused of owning two illegal massage parlors, where police say he sexually abused two women and encouraged employees to sell sex.
On Wednesday, Brett Labrum was charged with felony forcible sex abuse, six counts of lewdness, five counts of sexual solicitation, and four counts of operating a parlor without a license.
A multi-agency investigation spanning eight months led to the arrest of Labrum.
In the probable cause statement, the 48-year-old admitted to setting up all massage appointments for his female employees at two Dixie Massage locations.
According to police, unlicensed massage therapists offered sexual acts for money to several undercover officers, which they declined.
On January 10, police raided the businesses, seizing phones, computers and surveillance systems. Seven women were arrested on various massage parlor and sexual solicitation charges.
St. George Police Officer Lona Trombley says investigators uncovered evidence that helped build a case against Labrum.
"Our detectives are very well trained. We have partnered with several agencies who are excellent at these sort of investigations and it is giving us a good advantage in pursuing people who are committing these crimes," Officer Trombley said.
LaJoy Gustaveson teaches painting classes just down the hall from where Dixie Massage operated on North Bluff Street in St. George.
She recognized Labrum from his mug shot, stating he dropped the female employees off every morning with fresh towels.
"Even just this week, we had three different guys come just this week. Looking for them. They'd walk up and down the halls and then they'd leave. There was one here today," Gustaveson said.
Several agencies, departments and organizations helped in the investigation, including Homeland Security Investigations, Operation Underground Railroad, Utah Statewide Intelligence & Analysis Center, Department of Professional Licensing, Washington City Police Department, Asian Association of Utah, Utah Attorney General's Office, Washington County Attorney's Office.
Police say the investigation is still ongoing and more charges could be pending.
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