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Third arrest made

Published March 02. 2011 05:07PM

A third arrest has been made in the ongoing investigation into possible prostitution at a massage parlor known as SPA 61, located along SR61 in North Manheim Township, Schuylkill County.

The county district attorney's office said Maria L. Fontanez, 36, of 619 Locust St., Reading, was arrested on warrant on Monday and arraigned before District Judge David Plachko, Port Carbon. She is charged with prostitution and related offenses and criminal solicitation. She was unable to post 10 percent of $5,000 bail set by the DJ and she was remanded to the county prison in Pottsville.

She is the third female arrested who worked at the SPA 61. Previously arrested was Tara Lynn Schmehl, 36, of 2455 Fairview Ave., Mount Penn, Berks County, and Sunja Song, 31, Reading.

Detectives from the DA office, along with state police, raided the SPA 61 and also Aroma Spa, which is located on the south side of SR61 south of Schuylkill Haven. Song was arrested the day of the raid. At the time of the raids DA James P. Goodman said additional arrests would be made.

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