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Surveillance video evidence thrown out in Jupiter spa prostitution case

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Posted at 12:42 PM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-20 18:49:56-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Palm Beach County judge ruled Monday afternoon that surveillance video will be thrown out of evidence in a major prostitution case involving two workers at Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter.

40-year-old Lei Wang and 58-year-old Hua Zhang are charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution, maintaining a house of prostitution, and deriving support from proceeds of prostitution.

Judge Joseph Marx ruled Monday that surveillance video of Wang and Zhang at the spa cannot be admissible as evidence in their respective trials. The State Attorney's Office is expected to appeal that decision.

Last month, Judge Marx ruled video evidence in the Wang/Zhang cases cannot be released to the public, at least for now.

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Jupiter police said Wang was in a private massage room on Jan. 19 when New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft received an illegal sex act from a masseuse.

Kraft, who's pleaded not guilty, is charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution, a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail, a $5,000 penalty, and a mandatory 100 hours of community service.