Man arrested in connection with two-year prostitution investigation in Calhoun Co.

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A two-year investigation involving two “spas” located in Calhoun County resulted in the arrest of the owner, a man from West Bloomfield.

Calhoun County Sheriff Steve Hinkley announced prostitution charges against a man in West Bloomfield, Mich., As part of a long-term investigation into prostitution and drug use at two county spas by Calhoun.

The premises were raided in several areas in October 2019 after a complaint for human trafficking was filed.

Stephen Hagerman is the owner of Avenue Spa on East Michigan Avenue in Battle Creek, as well as Highway Spa on Partello Road in Marengo Township, both of which were investigated. Highway Spa has closed permanently since the start of the investigation.

Calhoun County Sheriff Hinkley said the investigation began in 2018 after his department received information about prostitution in both locations. After several years’ investigation which included; surveillance and maintenance, simultaneous raids on properties took place in 2019, phones and electronics were seized. Current and former employees, as well as bosses, were questioned ahead of charges authorized by Calhoun County District Attorney David Gilbert.

In a virtual indictment Tuesday afternoon (4/6), Stephen Alexander Hagerman was formally arraigned on two counts of maintaining a brothel and a single count of accepting prostitution earnings since the initial start of the investigation on December 28, 2018.

Hagerman faces up to 40 if he is convicted of recidivism for the third time. He had previously been convicted of federal charges of involvement in a criminal enterprise and tax evasion. Hagerman is expected to return to court on April 20.

Calhoun County detectives are always interested in speaking with anyone who is aware of the activities that have taken place at Avenue Spa or Highway Spa. Anyone with information is urged to contact detectives at 269-781-0880.

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