68 year old Thomas Booska was convicted of knowing sex acts were being performed for money for the past ten years.
It’s the now-closed building in Williston that prosecutors called a house of prostitution.
The owner of the Harmony Spa building was back in court Friday.
"You can't turn a blind eye when your tenants are engaged in criminal activity," Chittenden County State’s Attorney TJ Donovan said..
Booska pleaded no contest to knowing that sexual acts were being performed for money for ten years.
"No contest plea means you neither admit or deny the facts in the police report that were attached to this charge, but based on those facts I will find you guilty," Judge Brian Grearson said.
The state and the defense reached a plea agreement - Booska will be on probation for two years and he will give a $500 donation to a charity fighting sex trafficking.
"Obviously the state's very concerned about the women involved and whether or not they are voluntary participants to this," Deputy State’s Attorney Mary Morrissey said.
The state admits going to trial would have been difficult. "In particular to Asian massage parlors the women disappear," Donovan said. Their witnesses are possibly victims of the trade.
In June, Williston Police pulled over two cars that were seen leaving from the spa. Both men admitted to receiving “happy endings” on more than one occasion and both men said that they didn't even have to ask for it. The massage cost $80, and $40 for the additional service.
The Chittenden County State's Attorney would like the legislature to consider licensing massage parlors so that applicants can be screened in the future.
While this is case-closed for the state, the investigation is on-going in federal court. Thomas Booska may have to forfeit the building he owns where the sexual acts took place.
Part of his plea agreement is that he must cooperate with the federal government.