LORDS VALLEY - One of the alleged prostitutes working at Amystika Spa, 658 Route 739 in Lords Valley, told State Police of her lucrative earnings, upward of $1,600 a week for servicing up to eight clients a day.

LORDS VALLEY - One of the alleged prostitutes working at Amystika Spa, 658 Route 739 in Lords Valley, told State Police of her lucrative earnings, upward of $1,600 a week for servicing up to eight clients a day.
PA State Police, Blooming Grove, began an active investigation in May 2019 into an alleged, active prostitution business occurring at Amystika Spa. The operation was going on at least since August 13, 2018, according to State Police.
As initially reported on August 15, the spa owner, Lori Possinger (age 47, from Stroudsburg) and her assistant manager, Patrice Clinton (age 36, from Lake Ariel), were charged with felonies connected with the operation.
Two female spa workers were also charged with prostitution, and five men were charged with patronizing a prostitute. Charges filed against the others aside from Possinger and Clinton are graded as misdemeanors.
As of Thursday, Possinger appeared for her preliminary arraignment before District Judge Shannon Muir, where bail was set at $10,000. Possinger posted the bail and awaits a hearing on September 24 at 10:30 a.m. before Judge Muir. A warrant was still active for Clinton; summons were issued for the other defendants.
Information filed in the affidavit by Cpl. Shawn Smith, lead investigator, is reported here.
The spa has also held the names Amys Spa, Riki Energy Healing Spa and Rieki Energy Healing Spa.
During the probe, State Police made use of a male confidential informant (“CI”) and two undercover troopers (“U1” and “U2”).
Evidence against Possinger indicates that she knowingly promoted prostitution, supervising a “house of prostitution” at the spa. Police said she was aware that there was an active investigation underway, and conspired with those who were engaging in prostitution to destroy or remove physical evidence.
Police say that Clinton worked alongside Possinger to promote the business. Probable cause shows that they operated the spa’s Twitter account and and escort website in posting advertisements and schedules.
Photos of females reportedly working at the spa wearing “minimal clothing” were posted on the Twitter accounts. State Police used facial recognition software to analyze the pictures, and found three “potential candidates” named in the affidavit.
On May 30, 2019 the CI was sent in the spa with $100 of serialized money. He walked upstairs to a mirrored door in which he could not see inside. Following printed instruction posted bytes door, he rang the doorbell and knocked. A blond female let C1 into the spa. Paid services were rendered.
On May 31, Cpl. Smith interviewed a female inmate at Pike County Correctional Facility who had previously worked at the spa. She said she was told to take time off from her job due to her heroin problem.
She related to the corporal that when as she worked there, she would make approximately $1,600 a week and would see between two and eight clients each day.
She told police that around eight girls worked at the spa, and all were involved in the sex business.
Another alleged prostitute told State Police that over the past three months she has seen between 15 and 20 customers.  She said that her clients are “typically males from the age of 35-65 years old.”
A white erasable board was used to explain services and fees, and the client was to point at what was requested, to avoid there being an audio recording. There were various levels of “services” and rates; “full service” cost $200. One of the female workers, however, was said to provide a certain “service” that could be had for $600.
A male undercover trooper went in and paid pre-recorded, serialized money, but received a cell phone call which he took, and then said he needed to go but left the money as a “rain check” to the alleged prostitute.
State Police were also informed by a witness that a trick of the trade is to frequently change the name of the entity by transposing letters within the original business name.
Following further work with the undercover troopers, a search warrant was obtained and executed on June 18, 2019. Various pieces of evidence were seized.
During the search warrant’s execution by the State Police and the Pike County District Attorney’s Office, several males entered the spa to acquire services. Cpl. Smith reviewed the recordings with these several males who all requested sex acts to be performed by the undercover troopers posing as workers of the spa.
Clinton and Possinger were interviewed separately at PSP Blooming Grove. Possinger indicated she had been tipped off by a phone call two days before, that the State Police were investigating the business.
On August 18, Possinger and Clinton were each charged with:
1. Prostitution & Related Offenses (two counts, F3), in that she knowingly promoted prostitution of another by owning, controlling, managing, supervising… a house of prostitution…
2. Prostitution & Related Offenses (M3), in that she engaged in prostitution as an inmate on a house of prostitution or otherwise engaged in sexual activity as a business…
3. Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence (M2).