Bronx Woman Found Guilty Of Promoting Prostitution At Elizabeth Massage Parlor

ELIZABETH — A Bronx, N.Y. woman was found guilty of promoting prostitution, Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Wednesday.

Acela Regalada, 38, was arrested in March 2011 following an investigation by the Elizabeth Police Department into an illegal massage parlor operating on Rahway Avenue, said Assistant Prosecutor Shawn P. Barnes.

Acting on a tip and information received, undercover detectives went to the business, The Serenity Wellness Center, where they were propositioned for sexual acts in exchange for money, said Barnes. Regalada, who ran the business, was arrested on March 30, 2011. She was released on bail, and quickly reopened the business. A second undercover operation was conducted on April 21, 2011 that yielded the same results as the earlier investigation. The investigation was spearheaded by Elizabeth Police Sergeant Larry Smith.

Regalada was found guilty on Wednesday following a two-day trial in Union County Superior Court, and 90 minutes of jury deliberation. She faces five years in prison when she is sentenced on Sept. 20.

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