PINELLAS PARK — A month-long investigation into an "aromatherapy" shop ended with a prostitution charge Tuesday.
Business tax receipts for Executive Nineteen, at 6541 44th St. N, list it as an aromatherapy business. Police contend it was actually a brothel which advertised "seductive ladies" for a "flat fee" on the website Backpage.com.
Police arrested Teresa Duckett Wallace, 41, on charges of prostitution and unlicensed practice of a health care profession. She introduced herself to undercover police, they said, when they visited Executive Nineteen.
Wayne Replogle, the man who applied for the business tax receipt for Executive Nineteen, told police he had no knowledge of what took place in the business.
Replogle said that he served as a "deterrent to visitors" in the business and discouraged the women there from doing anything they didn't want to do, according to police.
Replogle's business tax receipt was revoked. Wallace remained in the Pinellas County Jail Wednesday in lieu of $2,250 bail.