Northwest NEWS

April 26, 1999

Front Page

Beauty doesn't pay

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   KENMORE--Rose M. Williams, Miss Washington 1958, has been charged with Promoting Prostitution in the 2nd Degree, two counts of Money Laundering, and Prostitution. King County Sheriff's detectives recently completed a two-year investigation of Williams' Kenmore house, which allegedly fronted as a massage parlor and escort service.

   Charges included activities between Nov. 1, 1996 and Dec. 18, 1998. The money laundering charge stems from Williams' 1996 and 1997 Federal Income Tax Statements, in each of which she claimed to have made less than $10,000. Detectives found no legitimate means for Williams' income during the period included in her charges.

   According to the investigation, Williams' lawyers, after receiving a June 2, 1998 subpoena regarding a real estate transaction by Williams, told her about the King County prosecutor's investigation. On June 17, 1998, Williams subsequently Quit Claimed her property to the "Rosebud Investment Limited Partnership," which she had also created on June 17, 1998. King County says that financial transaction intended to conceal the true ownership of the property.

   According to charging papers, the business, "Karen's Personal Service," operated at 6609 NE 153rd Pl. and in a house across the street. Williams, 59, apparently rented the second house to more prostitutes to give her customers easier access to a variety of choices. Williams offered her own services at either house, police said.

   During the investigation, an undercover vice detective met with Williams, who offered to perform a sex act for $200. Another undercover detective, female, interviewed with Williams as a prospective employee in December 1997. Williams told the "recruit" how she ran the business and turned her over to another employee, who told the detective what to do and say if arrested, how much to charge, and how to "split" her earnings with the "agency."

   While executing a search warrant at Williams' primary residence, Sheriff's detectives found a basement room used solely for the massage/escort business. A court-ordered search of Williams' bank accounts discovered $60,000 cash in a safe deposit box and over $97,000 in a bank account.

   Williams will be arraigned on April 29. The King County prosecutor's office is asking the court to set Williams' bail at $25,000 because "if convicted, she faces the potential for an exceptional sentence based on the complexity of her organization and length of criminal activity..." and "based on her long-term criminal enterprise and lack of legitimate means of supporting herself, she is a flight risk and a threat to the community, based on further criminal activity (potential)."