FRONT ROYAL – A criminal complaint by Front Royal Police officer David Fogle states that the massage parlor that allegedly offered sexual favors for money was a “full-service business.”
Four people were charged Wednesday on a number of prostitution counts stemming from activities at 312 Biggs Drive, including Cynthia Bailey, 55, of Front Royal; Brandy Atkinson, 25, of Front Royal; Jesse Atkinson, 28, of Front Royal; and Joshua Stamper, whose age and address were not revealed in court documents.
Bailey was charged on counts of maintaining a bawdy place, receiving money from earnings of prostitution, cruelty to children and prostitution. Brandy Atkinson was charged on counts of maintaining a bawdy place, prostitution and cruelty to children. Stamper and Jesse Atkinson - both whom the criminal complaint alleges “provided security” for the parlor - were each charged on a count of maintaining a bawdy place.
The criminal complaint states that in January 2018 police received a report of Blue Valley Services operating as a massage parlor without proper licenses. The complaint adds that Blue Valley Services had a business license for a handyman and landscaping service that expired in 2017.
The complaint states that the massage parlor advertised on Craigslist and Facebook, according to former clients and employees who were interviewed, revealed that the parlor was a “full-service business.”
Former Mayor Hollis Tharpe - who resigned in the midst of a misdemeanor charge of prostitution - said that he visited the Biggs Drive location but that he is innocent of the counts levied against him. In August 2018, Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Madden recused himself from an investigation into Tharpe and the matter was turned over to Winchester Commonwealth’s Attorney Marc Abrams.
The criminal complaint states that on June 7, 2018, an undercover officer entered the massage parlor, and Bailey and Brandy Atkinson presented him “a menu that laid out prices and services.” When the officer and Bailey agreed on the price of a massage that would include fellatio, “units converged on the residence.”
According to the complaint, the cruelty to children charges stems from a juvenile being present in the house “during some of the appointments." The complaint adds that the juvenile answered phone calls, arranged appointments and showed clients to rooms.
The complaint states that Bailey was an “owner/worker” at the massage parlor and got between $25 and $50 “from each girl for each client that they see.” Bailey was charged on one count of soliciting prostitution in October, but the prosecution eventually dropped the case.