December 6, 2023
Federal courthouse in downtown San Diego. Picture by Chris Stone

A former San Diego detective who operated therapeutic massage parlors that supplied intercourse companies on Friday acquired a sentence of almost three years in federal jail.

Peter Griffin, 79, a former vice detective, legal professional, and personal investigator, owned and operated 5 such companies in San Diego County and Arizona between 2013 and 2022, in line with the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace.

Griffin was sentenced Friday to 33 months in jail, whereas three different defendants who managed the companies have been every sentenced to 6 months in custody. They entered responsible pleas in April.

The group marketed sexual companies on-line and employed girls to carry out these companies, prosecutors mentioned. They added that the ladies have been “principally susceptible, non-English talking immigrants from Korea and China with restricted employment alternatives and monetary assets.”

A grand jury indictment returned towards the defendants states the companies have been situated in San Diego, Escondido, Chula Vista, Spring Valley and Tempe, Ariz.

Griffin was a San Diego police officer from 1975 till 2002, and hung out within the division’s Vice Unit, which investigates crimes associated to prostitution.

In keeping with the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace, Griffin used his expertise to evade legislation enforcement and regulatory businesses and his non-public investigator license to acquire info on prospects and workers.

On one event, he instructed an worker to not “open (her) mouth” about her work at one in all his parlors, prosecutors allege. His co-defendants additionally instructed the therapeutic massage companies’ workers that Griffin’s standing as an ex-cop would maintain the companies off legislation enforcement’s radar.

– Metropolis Information Service