Former massage parlor owner convicted on sex-related charges
A Washington County jury convicted a Stillwater massage parlor owner of two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for non-consensual fondling of female customers at his business, County Attorney Pete Orput announced Friday.
Jurors deliberated about nine hours before reaching their verdict against 36-year-old Amir Adb El Malak, Orput said. The jury acquitted Malak of two other counts, Orput added.
The case was tried before 10th Judicial District Judge Ellen Maas and prosecuted by Assistant County Attorney Imran Ali, according to Orput. Sentencing for Malak is 8:30 a.m. March 18. Fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charges each have a maximum penalty of 10 years, $20,000 fine or both, Orput added.
Pending sentencing, Maas ordered Malak to surrender his passport and forbade Malak from performing massages on anyone, Orput said.
The case against Malak stemmed from complaints by several female customers of Malak’s Land of Pharaohs Massage Parlor that Malak fondled them during massages, according to court documents. An amended court complaint charged Malak with four counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Orput praised the jury for its verdict in the Malak case.
“Female massage customers are particularly vulnerable and this defendant preyed upon that vulnerability,” Orput said. “This case brings to light the continued need to license massage facilities, something Minnesota does not currently require.”