NorthTown Beauty Shop Operator Accused Of Raping Employees - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

NorthTown Beauty Shop Operator Accused Of Raping Employees

SPOKESMAN.COM - The operator of a beauty shop in the NorthTown Mall in Spokane is in jail on rape charges involving two of his teenage employees.

Thomas C. Rohn, 37, is accused of sexually assaulting the 18- and 19-year-old women on separate occasions at his apartment in Airway Heights after they were hired to work at the mall beauty and spa kiosk.

Rohn operates the business with his roommate, Kirk Willis, who said Wednesday that he doesn't know what happened but added that he doesn't condone the alleged acts.

Willis is the sole owner of the store, which received its business license from the city of Spokane in June.

The shop remains open, Willis said, and the alleged victims remain employed.

"All of the girls really like it here," he said.

Police said they don't believe Willis was involved in the alleged assaults but said they fear Rohn, who was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault in Alaska in 1994, may have more victims.

"Luckily he in custody, but the investigation is still in its infancy," said Kelly Justice, a detective with the Airway Heights Police Department. "We still have a bunch of people to speak to."

Rohn is in Spokane County Jail and was unavailable for comment, but public defender John Whaley said Wednesday at Rohn's first appearance in Superior Court that Rohn insists he's innocent. >>>CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE SPOKESMAN

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