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Updated Dec 6, 2013 - 9:24 pm

Juvenile detention officer charged with running prostitution ring

Adam Justin Munoz. (Photo: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

PHOENIX -- A Maricopa County juvenile detention officer was arrested Wednesday on charges related to running a house of prostitution.

Adam Justin Munoz, 30, was being investigated by Chandler Police detectives after a confidential informant alerted them that Munoz was allegedly running an illegal massage parlor out of his Chandler apartment off North Nevada Street.

An undercover investigation started in September when detectives got a tip about an illegal massage business.

"We had undercover officers who were able to make appointments, get inside and see for themselves what was actually going on," said Chandler Police Det. Joe Favazzo.

Police documents say undercover officers discovered that patrons would enter Munoz's apartment and exchange money for a massage and sexual favors from women. Munoz would then receive $50.

Munoz was charged with two counts each of illegal control of an enterprise, receiving the earnings of a prostitute and maintaining a house of prostitution. It's not clear if he has an attorney.

Favazzo says prostitution cases are unusual in Chandler and that police are thankful for the tip that led to the bust.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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