There's a new twist in the case against Nan O'Reilly, the owner of the Fuji Oriental Massage Parlor who police believe was running a prostitution ring there. Tuesday, police announced they are actively working to get in touch with people who may have been clients of the parlor over the past five years.
The Grand Junction Police Department says it has identifying information for at least 1,000 local clients of the massage parlor, and is asking them or anyone else who may have gone there in the past five years to call a special hotline it has set up.
On November 20, 2008, the Grand Junction Police Department raided the Fuji Oriental Massage Parlor on Horizon Drive and arrested its owner Nan O'Reilly on multiple counts of pimping, racketeering, and keeping a place of prostitution among others.
As she makes her way through the justice system, police say their investigation into what exactly happened there is ongoing -- and that's why their focus has turned to the people who went there.
"Certainly we believe they have information that'll be useful to the investigation," said Kate Porras, spokesperson for the Grand Junction Police Department. "And we do want to speak with them."
To make that happen, they've created a special hotline that former clients can call.
"We don't want to embarrass people, we don't want to cause hardships for the customers, however we do need to speak with them," said Porras.
Officials say they're strongly urging former clients of the parlor to call -- because if they don't make the first move, officers will.
"If they don't contact us, we will be contacting them at their home or their work," said Porras. "We understand that for most people that might be an uncomfortable situation, so we're hoping to avoid that."
O'Reilly's attorney Steve Laiche says this move has caught him off guard.
"When News 11 contacted me, that was the first I'd heard of it," said Laiche.
After looking into it a little further, he told us police are going too far.
"Good luck on having these people call in," said Laiche.
He also says because the client's names will eventually have to be released in court, the police department's actions are creating the potential for 5th amendment "self-incrimination" rights to be violated.
"Let's just see what happens, let's see how far they go and how many people call," said Laiche. "I'll be curious to see how many people call in."
But police say what they're doing is appropriate.
"We really feel we're trying to work with them as we go through this process and to make it as painless as possible," said Porras.
Police officials say they are only looking for information and will not press charges against any cooperative callers.
The 24-hour hotline for Fuji Oriental Massage Parlor clients is 970-244-3777. Callers will follow voicemail instructions once they call in.
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