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Massage World in St. Charles has license revoked after violations

The license of Massage World in St. Charles has been revoked for several violations of the city’s massage license code that took place in November.

The license of Massage World in St. Charles has been revoked for several violations of the city’s massage license code that took place in November.

St. Charles Mayor Lora Vitek, acting as liquor control commissioner, took the action following a Jan. 19 hearing of the St. Charles Liquor Control Commission, which considers alcohol, tobacco and massage license issues. Massage World owner Jun Sellers also will have to pay $1,250 in fines and court costs.

Those violations include touching or fondling a sexual or genital area of another person; not covering the sexual or genital area with a towel or cloth; knowingly exposing or failing to cover the sexual or genital areas and performing a massage without a license. In 2016, Massage World’s license was suspended for seven days and it had to pay $1,500 in fines and fees for operating after hours and not having a manager on site.

During the Jan. 19 hearing, attorney Peter Buh said that the owner did not know the person who committed the violations – who is not a licensed massage therapist – was going to be at the business that day. Sellers was not at the business when the violations occurred at approximately 12:51 p.m. Nov. 19.

“My client immediately contacted that person and said she is not allowed to step inside that business at all and that she has no business being there,” he told commissioners.

Sellers also told the employees working that day and she informed them in a memo that if something like that ever happened again – where they allow an unlicensed therapist who is not registered with St. Charles to work at Massage World – that they would be immediately terminated.

“She is clearly trying to take responsibility for what occurred,” Buh said. “It happened, it was a mistake, we accept the responsibility and what we want to do is we want to show the city of St. Charles that we learn from our mistakes and we will make sure this won’t happen again.”

He had asked Vitek and the other commissioners for leniency and to impose a small fine rather than to suspend or revoke Massage World’s license.

“Any sort of suspension or revocation is going to be a death penalty for this business, for a crime that Jun didn’t commit,” Buh said. “It was somebody that was not even an employee who, for whatever reason, decided to take whatever action she did on that day. To shut this business down because of somebody else I think is very harsh.”