Probation officer suspected of running prostitution operation out of Chandler apartment

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by azfamily.com

Video reported by Mike Watkiss

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 10 at 1:14 PM

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- A Maricopa County juvenile probation officer is accused of running an illegal massage business "providing acts of prostitution" out of his Chandler apartment.

According to court paperwork, the investigation goes back to September, when the Chandler Police Department received a tip about the business operating out of an apartment complex near Warner Road and Arizona Avenue. The apartment in question was leased by 30-year-old Adam Justin Munoz.

Court paperwork on Munoz's arrest lists his employer as Maricopa County. According to his booking information, he is a probation officer.

"I'm shocked," downstairs neighbor Jana Fox told 3TV. "He seemed like a normal person; like he was going to work every day. Apparently the work was going on up there."

When apartment resident Ashley Martinez heard the news, she was concerned about her children.

"We don't know who's coming in and out of these gates," she said. "It could be bringing in pedophiles ... and my kids could be getting caught into that."

On Oct. 11, detectives launched an undercover operation with the help of a confidential informant who said she had worked for Munoz as a massage therapist.

Two officers went in to get massages and pretended to receive sexual favors from the informant for $150 each.

Court paperwork states that the informant gave $50 from each massage session to Munoz. The money "was a previous set price per customer Munoz received for letting the CI (confidential informant) use his apartment and assistance," reads the probable cause statement.

A second undercover operation on Dec. 4 led to Munoz's arrest.

A detective who was part of the first operation made contact with the woman, a massage therapist, at the Chandler apartment.

"The female ultimately got naked for (the detective) and agreed to give him a sexual release for two hundred dollars," reads the probable cause statement. "She was arrested and quickly confessed to working for Munoz's illegal massage operation," according to court paperwork.

Police arrested Munoz, but he exercised his Miranda rights and refused to answer questions without a lawyer present.

Munoz, 30, was booked into Fourth Avenue Jail on suspicion of illegal control of an enterprise, receiving earnings of a prostitute and maintaining a house of prostitution, all of which are felonies.

A judge set a $5,000 secured appearance bond for Munoz.

A status conference was set for Dec. 12, followed by a preliminary hearing on Dec. 16.

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