MOUNT PLEASANT -- A 40-year-old Mount Pleasant woman accused of finishing in-home massages with sex acts got a surprise ending of her own when one customer pulled out $150 and a police badge.

Town officials charged Dawn Marie McGovern with prostitution and operating a business without a license after a sting last month.

Police first learned about 3265 Scranton Drive in Ivy Hall in September when someone called to complain about suspicious activity. Many men visited the house but only stayed for about an hour, the tipster told police.

Officers pulled over some of those departing customers and learned that McGovern offered a massage service that ended with a sex act, according to the report. In November, an undercover detective arranged an appointment with McGovern who identified herself as "Brittan."

His report said McGovern led him upstairs to a massage table. It said that she wore a blue skirt and suit jacket when she began the massage but that she took off clothes until she wore only underwear.

She began to touch the detective's genitals, the report said, until he told her it made him uncomfortable. When she stopped, he pulled out the $150 payment for her service and also his police badge.

Other detectives who came inside the house did not handcuff McGovern, since she cooperated with them. McGovern told the officers that after losing her job a few months ago, she needed money to pay for child support and medicine.

McGovern advertised her business under several names, including BMM Coastal, Pampered Pets and Velvet Hands and Artistry and Eye Candy, according to a police report.

She added that she thought she violated no laws if she asked permission and noted that she never touched a man's genitals without asking first. She could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

A criminal records check shows that McGovern had no prior arrests in South Carolina. Officers issued her two court summons on the charges in the case, but they did not take her to jail.

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