Chattanooga Police bust alleged prostitution operation
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Chattanooga Police say a hypnosis office was a cover up for a prostitution operation. Once an undercover officer was able to get inside the business, police were able to make a bust.
The owner of the building in North Shore, where the alleged operation first started, says he knew something was not right. He says he is surprised because the man allegedly tied to the bogus business, is well-known in the community.
"I had two separate tenants call me and say something just doesn't seem right down there," says John Wise.
John Wise owns the building in North Shore where 'Hypnosis for Power' was operating.
"They described these ladies that would come in and with real short dresses and whatnot."
When another renter showed him a website advertising other services offered, he confronted his tenant, Chris Hampton.
"It was an escort service. And it led you to this address, the address he had here. So I was like, 'Wow.'"
He demanded to take a look inside.
"I walked around and looked and there were these big nice leather couches and almost like bedrooms set up in these hypnosis rooms," says Wise.
The building was also equipped with key code door locks and private showers.
Wise told him to get out. Hampton denied anything illegal was going on, saying he was sub-leasing the space, but admitted to Wise in a text message he realized there were "unconventional activities" taking place.
He paid off the lease and moved out but police were hot on his trail.
On Monday, the business relocated to Fountain Plaza on Shallowford Road. By Wednesday, the CPD VICE unit busted the alleged operation wide open. Police arrested 25-year-old Suzanna Gregory and 22-year-old Kimberly Chacon.
"He seems like a nice legitimate person. He owns another business in town. He's always paid his rent," says Wise.
Hampton is better-known for his downtown business, Vaudeville Cafe, which has nothing to do with this recent bust.
Channel 3 reached out to him for comment and our messages were not returned.
In the meantime, Wise is still processing what happened in his building.
"The North Shore is such a great area and with all the eclectic businesses, you just get a few you're not expecting," says Wise.
Both Gregory and Chacon were charged with promoting prostitution. Chacon was also charged with prostitution within one and a half miles of a school.
It is still not clear if Hampton will face any legal troubles over this.