Posted: Sep 6, 2013 10:09 AM by Beth Saboe
Updated: Sep 6, 2013 5:12 PM
UPDATE: According to Chief Deputy County Attorney Eric Kitzmiller, the other defendants in the case are expected to reach plea agreements similar to Gasperi.
BOZEMAN - One of three woman accused of promoting prostitution in Belgrade is set to change her plea.
Yu-Sun Gasperi, 52, is facing a felony charge of promoting prostitution and pled not guilty to the crime last month. She and two others, Jihong Yu, 51 and Ok Nan Tenette, 70, were arrested in July after a confidential informant went into two Belgrade spas and was reportedly offered sexual favors in exchange for money.
Gasperi's defense attorney Chuck Watson said Friday that a plea agreement is in the works and Gasperi would likely plead guilty to a lesser crime. Watson would not comment on what that alternative charge may be. Her change of plea hearing is set for Wednesday, September 11.
Tenette and Yu also pled not guilty to the crime. They were all put in jail on $50,000 bond. Only Tenette remains behind bars as the two other women have been bailed out.
The case involved the Beijing Spa and VIP Spa on South Broadway in Belgrade. Since the three women were arrested, the massage parlors have been closed. Court documents indicate the women were living at the businesses as well.
Neighbors told us they became suspicious when they started seeing only men going in and out of the spas.
According to police records, Yu was reportedly the proprietor of the Beijing Spa. During a search at that spa at 309 South Broadway, police found used condoms made of cellophane food wrap in the outside garbage.
The three women were helped in court by interpreters.
Tenette and Gasperi were reportedly living at the VIP Spa at 107 South Broadway. Police reportedly found condoms hidden near the front desk of the business as well as money hidden between the pages of books on the front counter.