FRONT ROYAL – A group of town residents accused of running a prostitution operation out of a massage parlor made their first court appearance Tuesday.
Cynthia Atkinson Bailey, 55, of 312 Biggs Drive, Front Royal, remains free on bond while charged with single counts of maintaining a bawdy place, prostitution, receiving money from earnings of prostitution and cruelty to children.
Brandy Nicole Atkinson, 25, of 325 Cherrydale Ave., Apt. 5, Front Royal, stands charged in Warren County General District Court with residing in a bawdy place and prostitution.
Jesse Thomas Atkinson, 27, of 312 Biggs Drive, and Joshua Allan Stamper, 24, of 325 Cherrydale Road, Front Royal, each stand charged with one count of maintaining a bawdy place. Brandy and Jesse Atkinson remain free on bond. Stamper remains incarcerated in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.
Virginia state code defines a bawdy place as a location used for “lewdness, assignation or prostitution.”
Front Royal attorney David Downes, who represents Jesse Atkinson and Cynthia Bailey, appeared with his clients Monday. Brandy Atkins and Joshua Stamper indicated to Judge W. Dale Houff that they intend to hire their own attorneys.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Layton appeared for the prosecutor’s office.
Houff scheduled a hearing for motions on Aug. 13.
Court documents indicate that law enforcement agencies conducted an undercover sting in June 2018 that focused on the Biggs Drive building.
The investigation revealed that Bailey owned and worked at the business; Brandy Atkinson worked in the business and Stamper and Jesse Atkinson provided security for the operation, according to court documents.