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District of Montana

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Former Billings massage parlor operator sentenced to prison for transporting woman for commercial sex

BILILNGS – A former Billings massage parlor operator who admitted bringing a woman from Nevada to his business to provide commercial sexual activity was sentenced today to two years in prison and five years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

Scot Donald Petrie, 62, of Billings, pleaded guilty in July to transportation of a person with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

Chief U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen presided.

 “Mr. Petrie induced a woman to travel from Nevada to Billings so he could profit from her illegal commercial sexual activity. Such conduct exploits women and is a serious offense. This office will prosecute human traffickers to the full extent of the law,” U.S. Attorney Alme said.

Prosecutors said in court records that beginning in June 2014, Petrie helped operate King Spa and A-Spa, which permitted individuals to live at both locations to provide legitimate message services and illegal commercial sexual services. Petrie was aware of the operations and services being provided.  King Spa temporarily closed in December 2018, and Petrie helped re-open the spa to provide the services.

In January, Petrie bought a bus ticket for a woman to travel from Las Vegas to Billings to live and work at A-Spa. Because of a missed connection, Petrie went to Butte to pick up the woman to transport her to Billings. The woman told law enforcement Petrie had contacted her while she was in Nevada and asked her to come to Montana. The woman said Petrie offered to pay for her bus ticket and gave her condoms when she arrived in Billings. The woman provided commercial sexual services, including intercourse, while staying at the spa, and paid Petrie half of her earnings.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Zeno Baucus and Bryan Dake prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI.

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Updated October 31, 2019