The 12-member jury returned a guilty verdict yesterday for a Kenai Woman that ran a prostitution ring out of a Kenai massage parlor. The jury found 50-year-old Karen Carpenter of Kenai guilty on a total of six-felony level charges.
As we reported, on January 10th, 2013 the Kenai Police broke up a suspected prostitution ring that had been working out of a Kenai massage parlor.
Carpenter was the operator of Gifted Hands Massage, located off of Attla Way and Willow Street in Kenai. Following a month of investigation, and undercover work with the Kenai PD, enough evidence was gained to arrest Carpenter on the charges of Felony Sex Trafficking in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree, in addition to a misdemeanor charge of prostitution.
Court documents indicate that Carpenter, along with running the operation, participated in sexual acts for money with clients as well.
Carpenters’ two employees, 19-year-old Madison Murrieta of Kenai and 20-year-old Jonah Lange of Ninilchik were chargeed of prostitution.
Court documents also indicate that the Kenai PD was tipped off to the actions of the massage parlor after an online advertisement looking for an “erotic massage therapist” was placed by Carpenter.
Jonah Lange had accepted a plea deal in May of this year, with the agreement to to testify against Carpenter.
The trials for Lange and Madison Murrieta, is scheduled for August 15th.