The owner of the DAO Spa and Salon is facing the certainty of a criminal case. There’s also the possibility that tonight the Oak Lawn Village President and Board of Trustees may revoke his business license to operate the Spa and Salon.
The Village has issued a notice of a hearing and charges to the owner of the business demanding that he appear before the board at 5 p.m. to “determine whether your business license should be revoked, suspended or whether a fine should be imposed…”
The notice goes on to claim that the actions set forth above could be instituted because the owner made a false statement on the business license application, made a misrepresentation in the operation of the business, violated a law in the operation of the business, or conducted the business in an unlawful manner.
As reported yesterday in the Oak Lawn Leaf, the owner and a former male massage therapist at DAO Spa and Salon in Oak Lawn have been charged by the Oak Lawn police based on events occurring about two weeks ago. The message therapist was charged with two counts of battery and one count of violating the massage licensing act after a female customer called the police alleging improper contact. The owner was charged with violating the message licensing act.
The alleged victim called the Oak Lawn Police to the spa complaining that the massage therapist had made improper contact with her during the massage. According to the victim, the massage therapist, who allegedly was not properly licensed according to state law, asked the victim to turn over facing up after about thirty minutes of the hour long massage.
After the victim complied, the massage therapist allegedly rubbed the areas on the sides of her breasts as well as above her breasts. According to the victim, he also rubbed his hands on her outer and inner thighs, and her breasts. The victim told police that the massage therapist also touched her genitalia.
The Village’s Planning Commission approved a request for a special use to allow the massage spa at a meeting in November, 2014. The Mayor and Board of Trustees had the issue on the agenda for their November 11, 2014 meeting but failed to take any action on the special use permit.
DAO Spa and Salon had already signed a lease for the property at 8826 S. Cicero Avenue. After the board failed to act on the application, the village’s administration approved a business license for a “salon business” without the matter coming before the board. According to sources within the village, the owner, Dawei Zhang claimed that he had signed a lease and that the landlord, Robin Realty, would not allow him to get his security deposit, first month rent, nor cancel the lease.
Robin Realty has been a campaign contributor of both the Unity Party, in 2008 and Village Clerk Jane Quinlan in 2013. The company made $1,000 in individual contributions to Quinlan’s campaign as well as an $1,800 in kind donation for free rent for Quinlan’s political headquarters. No other current elected officials received any contributions from Robin Realty although Trustee Alex Olejniczak was part of the Unity Party in 2008 along with Quinlan and former Mayor Dave Heilmann.
The victim of the alleged inappropriate touching resides in Chicago and complained to the owner at the time of the incident. The owner fired the massage therapist immediately according to the police reports. The victim called the police who, after interviewing the owner and the massage therapist, filed charges. Ming Yuan of 3009 S. Farrell, Chicago, was charged with two counts of battery and one count of violating the Massage Licensing Act, since he did not have a license to perform massages.
The owner of the DAO Spa and Salon was charged with one count of violating the Massage Licensing Act, by allowing Yuan to perform massages without a license. The incidents occurred on December 8th. While sexual assault charges were not filed, the Oak Lawn Leaf has not printed the name of the victim since the allegations can be construed as a battery that is sexual in nature. The business is located at 8826 S. Cicero, in Oak Lawn.