A hearing officer for the Prince George's County Department of Licensing and Permits has recommended the revocation of licenses for two massage parlors on allegations that the masseuses engaged in illegal sexual practices.
Hearing Officer Jack Kelley said yesterday that his recommendation - involving the Tender Ouch Health Club of College Park and the Hollywood Health Club of Langley Park - was based on allegations that masseuses in the two establishments were naked when giving messages to undercover police officers and had attempted to "touch or massage erogenous zones."
Both charges are violations of the county code governing massage parlors. Kelley'sd recommendation now goes to the director of licensing and permits, Charles Deegan, for final approval, Deegan has 10 days in which to decide.
Attorneys for the two establishments also have 10 days to file their objections.
William B. O'Connell, the attorney for Hollywood Health Club, said yesterday that, "to my knowledge," there have been no violations of the county code. He said he did not know whether the club would file objections to Kelley's findings.
Nelson M. Oneglia, attorney for Tender Touch, could not be reached yesterday.
Kelley said police undercover agents, posing as clients, had entered the two establishments in March 1978 and had requested massages. During the sessions, the officers told Kelley in a sworn statement, the masseues were naked and attempted to massage the officers' sexual organs.
The Department of Licensing and Permits also has initiated investigations of seven other massage parlors on the basis of similar undercover work. Those seven hearings are scheduled to be held in two weeks, Deegan said yesterday.
A receptionist at the Tender Touch club reached by phone yesterday said she had not heard about the revocation and would not comment since the club's owner is out of town.
A woman at Hollywood Health Club, who would not identify herself, called the revocation decision "stupid," and said the club would "fight it all the way."