David Endicott, 55, and Xiaomin Endicott-Feng, 42, were arrested Thursday afternoon at their home in the 100 block of W. Broadway St. in Plymouth, Huron County Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said.
Plymouth police began investigating the couple about three months ago, and about three weeks ago they called on deputies in Richland and Huron counties for help in shutting down the operation at the couple’s home.
“It was an illegal massage parlor with illegal sexual acts going on there,” Patrick said.
Neighbors first alerted police to the many vehicles coming and going from the 24-hour operation, as most of the customers stayed only 30 to 60 minutes and appeared to be from out of the area.
“A few of those clients were questioned,” Patrick said. “Not only were they receiving massages, they were receiving sexual favors as well.”
On Thursday, Plymouth police and Huron County deputies obtained a warrant to search the home, and they were joined by agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. They seized a massage table, two computers and various other evidence.
Endicott was arrested and charged with complicity to prostitution, while Endicott-Feng was charged with prostitution. The two have since been released from the Huron County jail.
A 16-year-old girl living in the home was placed with social workers, Patrick said, although investigators have no reason to suspect the girl was involved in the business operations.
Endicott-Feng has lived in the U.S. for only four years, Patrick said.
Police estimate the prostitution scheme may have been going on for up to six months.
“There’s no indication she was being forced to do this,” Patrick said. “However, we’re not going to rule that out.”
Richland County court records show Endicott-Feng tried unsuccessfully to obtain a protection order against her husband in February 2012.
Endicott is a registered sex offender, with the state database listing his home address as the West Broadway Street location. He was convicted in 2003 in Laurens County, S.C., for committing or attempting a lewd act upon a child under the age of 16, according to court records. The court sentenced him to four years in prison and five years probation.
Police said they plan to analyze the computers they seized from the massage parlor, in hopes of identifying customers who could ultimately face charges for soliciting sex.