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Trial delayed for owner of illicit massage parlor in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Originally set to take place Monday morning, the criminal trial for illicit massage parlor owner Xinan Xia has been continued due to his attorney being sick.

The trial was originally scheduled to take place at 8:30 a.m. in El Paso County, but it's been rescheduled for December 13.

Xia is accused of keeping a house of prostitution and pimping at Rose Spa, which has since been shut down.

According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, detectives began an investigation into the Rose Spa massage parlor in May 2020, after receiving numerous tips about acts of prostitution being offered to customers. Police served a search warrant at the spa in July. Court records reveal vice investigators went into Rose Spa after a woman working inside admitted to an undercover detective that he could receive sexual services for an additional $50.

Xia was arrested in December 2020. Prosecutors did not move forward with a money laundering charge that was originally filed by Colorado Springs Police Department.

At least one woman flew to Colorado Springs to testify in the case as a witness against Xia. It's unclear where the woman traveled from and prosecutors declined to comment when asked by 13 Investigates.

A mandarin interpreter explained to Xia that with a continuance, he was agreeing to waive his right to a speedy trial. Xia agreed to waive his right to a speedy trial.

Xia hid from 13 Investigates cameras when he came out of the courtroom. He declined to comment on the charges against him.

Chelsea Brentzel

Chelsea is an investigative reporter for KRDO NewsChannel 13. Learn more about Chelsea here.

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  1. So the witness flew in, the court was delayed because the suspects attorney was sick so they delayed the case. This sounds like a delay tactic because the victim will have to fly back home, then fly back again just to give their sworn testimony. This seems to be more deliberate to cause this delay which further burdens the witness of this case.
    No surprise that the court system allowed this to occur. Watch, I bet this case will be dropped because the suspect and his attorney will keep delaying until the witness doesn’t arrive; then the suspect and his attorney will be ready for his trial, and with no witness the case will be dropped and the illicit m@ssage spas will continue unchecked and unimpeded by our law enforcement.

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