Posted: Aug 20, 2013 10:41 AM by Beth Saboe
BOZEMAN - A woman accused of promoting prostitution in Belgrade has pled not guilty to the felony crime.
Ok Nan Tenette, 70, is one of three women charged last month after a confidential informant went into two Belgrade spas and was reportedly offered sexual favors in exchange for money.
The other two women, Jihong Yu, 51, and Yu-Sun Gasperie, 52, are scheduled to appear in court on September 18.
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.
Tennette 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.
All three women remain in custody on $50,000 bail. In court Monday, Judge Mike Salvagni continued Tenette's bond at that amount.
If convicted of promoting prostitution, Tennette could face up to 10 years in prison and possible deportation to Korea.