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Former San Diego Police Vice Detective, 3 Others, Charged in Illicit Massage Scheme

Peter Griffin had worked in "a unit tasked with dismantling the businesses he now stands charged with operating and promoting"

A former San Diego police officer has been charged along with three others with allegedly operating illicit massage businesses that offered commercial sex services, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Friday.

Peter Griffin, 78, a former vice detective and attorney, was arrested Thursday morning shortly after leaving his San Diego home, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Co-defendants Kyung Sook Hernandez, 58, and Yu Hong Tan, 56, were also arrested Thursday, while a fourth defendant remains at large.

Prosecutors said Griffin owned and operated five businesses in California and Arizona with his co-defendants between 2013 and 2022. The defendants advertised sexual services online and employed "multiple women" to perform those services, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Regarding his former work in the San Diego Police Department's Vice Unit, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Griffin worked in "a unit tasked with dismantling the businesses he now stands charged with operating and promoting."

SDPD assisted in this investigation as a member of the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force, Lt. Adam Sharki said.

"SDPD separated employment with Mr. Griffin nearly two decades ago. We want to thank our allied agencies for partnering with us in bringing the investigation to this conclusion," Lt. Sharki added.

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