Hotel Employees Accused Of Giving Computer Access To Prostitutes
Columbus police got a racy tip about the Days Inn one year ago.
A search warrant obtained by 10TV reveals a source told investigators prostitutes were using a guest computer "in the fitness room" to "post internet ads" offering sex.
Police searched the computer and found photos of a woman "posing in the nude," and the source told investigators "management knew."
“We have a computer which was for public use,” said owner Mohammad Asraf.
Ashraf is the owner of the Days Inn, and he claims he didn't know what was going on.
He had no idea what was going on at the now boarded up Columbus Inn and Suites just down the road. Police say they were dispatched to the hotel nearly 500 times in just over a year's time before the court shut it down in January.
Prosecutors say Ashraf was also the owner of this hotel but he says only on paper.
“Beyond that, I had nothing to do with that except collect the money and pay to the bank,” he says.
Court records show the judge ruled Ashraf not only knew about prostitution and drug deals at the Inn but did nothing about. Ashraf isn't the only hotel owner who's come under scrutiny.
10TV was there when police boarded up the Red Carpet Inn just across the road, calling it a dangerous and violent place.
Prosecutors say they hope the boarded up hotels send a strong message to any owners who are running a shady business.
“I'm here to tell them it can happen to you, and if you don't do what it takes to get the drug dealers and prostitutes out of your hotels, it will happen to you.”
Ashraf also tells 10TV he's working with police. He says guests are now required to show ID, and says visitors are expected to check in at the front desk.