Massage parlor owner seeks release from jail

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – The owner of Asian massage parlors in Wichita has asked a federal judge to release him from prison while awaiting trial on charges of recruiting women and coercing them into prostitution.

A magistrate judge earlier this month ordered the continued detention of 44-year-old Gary H. Kidgell, of Waltham Mass., ruling he was a flight risk and a danger to the community.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren scheduled a hearing Wednesday in Wichita to review that order.

A six-count indictment charges Kidgell; 49-year-old Yan Zhang, of Wichita; and 42-year-old employee Xiuqing Tian, of Framingham, Mass., with taking part in a conspiracy from 2009 to 2011.

Court documents accuse them of sharing resources to operate nine massage parlors in Wichita.

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