Prostitution arrests cause a health scare in Broken Arrow
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (KTUL) - The Broken Arrow Police Department has sent letters to about 50 people whose cars were parked near a massage parlor that was recently busted in a prostitution sting.
Anyone who visited the location should see a doctor immediately because they may have been exposed to a serious health risk.
Two people who work at that address are facing charges.
Walter Brazington, 55, is charged with pandering and operating a place of prostitution, and Tiffany Roach, 40, is accused of knowingly transmitting an infectious disease and prostitution within 1000 feet of a school.
The police said she has admitted that she has HIV, so customers of the business may have been exposed.
At first glance, no would know the business existed.
It's in a basic strip center, just south of 81st Street.
A simple open sign in the window was the only indication they were in operation.
Brazington told the owner of a neighboring business that he was running a security company, but their operation raised some suspicions.
The neighbor had to put orange cones in front of his place to protect his parking because none of the massage parlor visitors wanted to park in front of it.
A woman who works in a nearby office said it's gone from odd to disturbing.
"You don't want to go around accusing people, but when you find out it's true, oh my gosh! We're here conducting business every day," she said.
The people who live nearby also said it's troubling.
There are two schools on the next block, and just around the corner, there's a family neighborhood that’s decorated for Christmas.
Michael O'Shea lives nearby, and he told us the crimes just don’t fit Broken Arrow.
O'Shea said, "It's rather odd, to say the least. Especially with the Catholic church down the street. It's a little scary.
Several people we spoke with told us they hope the police continue to clean up the area.
If you have information about the case or questions about the health scare, you can call the Broken Arrow Police at 918-451-8200 extension 8793.