Craig Grorud, 67, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor of promoting prostitution after being charged with a felony count of facilitating prostitution at the Hong Kong Spa, a Bismarck massage parlor. Grorud was a d physician in North Dakota and Minnesota at the time of his arrest in September, but since then both of his s have expired. It's unclear if he was practicing medicine at the time of his arrest.
He was arrested Sept. He and two other defendants, Jiang Jennings and Lance Jacobson, each were charged with a felony count of facilitating prostitution in connection with the investigation. Jennings and Jacobson are expected to be sentenced at a later date. Last year, a Hong Kong Spa employee reported to Bismarck police that the owners were not paying her fairly and asking her to perform sexual acts on customers, according to court records.
As part of his plea deal, Grorud must attend classes through the Demand Reduction Program, which aims to prevent offenders from repeating criminal behavior by teaching them about the impacts of sex trafficking and prostitution. The program, created by the Attorney General's Office, consists of five eight-hour sessions.
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