What Happened Next: Germantown ‘day spa’

NewsWorks went back to check in on several of the stories it covered in 2012. These “What Happened Next” updates will run throughout December

Germantown neighbors’ curiosity leads to police probe of Green Street ‘day spa,’ Oct. 15 

The storyOver the summer, Roberto Carrasco met with members of the Duval Improvement Association to discuss his interest in opening a day spa at the corner of Greene Street and Washington Lane.

Carrasco’s presentation, according to Brian Hester, who heads the Germantown civic, was, overall, quite professional and didn’t raise concerns with anyone in attendance.

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Eyebrows were later raised, however, when a neighbor saw some “pretty girls” going in and out of the property at 6301 Greene St.

Hester, who was not aware that Carrasco had opened up shop, decided to investigate and quickly confirmed the observation. A visit to the business’ website soon afterwards led him to believe that traditional massages weren’t the only massages being offered inside.

Carrasco, for his part, denied the possibility that he was running an adult massage parlor, saying that everything was for “marketing purposes.”

He said he would meet with neighbors to put the rumors to rest, but noted that he didn’t want to run a business in a neighborhood that didn’t welcome him.

In the meantime, police were scheduled to do a formal investigation of the business.

What Happened Next? Brian Hester told NewsWorks that Carrasco has since “packed up and left” the location.

“As of this phone conversation, he was closing his business,” said Hester.

In mid-November, neighbors reported seeing items being removed from the property and hauled away, according to Hester.

Carrasco, who never met with the community following his presentation, did not return a call from NewsWorks asking him to confirm the closure.

Hester said he believes pressure from the media fueled Carrasco’s decision to shut down. Police did investigate the property, he said, but not until Carrasco had already left.

“Given the nature of the business, we would have liked to have arrests just to send a message. But at the end of the day, we’re pleased that they moved out,” said Hester.

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