Attorney general tosses investigation into Division of Motor Vehicles administrator

Bud Craddock
Walter "Budd" Craddock (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office said Monday that an investigation into a Division of Motor Vehicles administrator has been tossed out.

In May and June 2021, the Cranston police started an investigation of alleged commercial sexual activity at a a rental property owned by Walter “Budd” Craddock.

Police said they received complaints about suspected prostitution activities at several spas around the city. Investigators said they identified six properties where prostitution activities were likely taking place, including Therapeutic Spa/Youna Spa on Broad Street.

Attorney General Peter Neronha said most of the spas were not registered as businesses, and were not licensed to perform massages.

After it was known that Craddock was the landlord of the property, Gov. Dan McKee asked Rhode Island State Police to investigate if he had any knowledge or involvement in the illegal activities.

State police concluded the investigation and said that they “found that there was no evidence that Mr. Craddock had any criminal liability in connection with the activities taking place in the first-floor unit of his building.”

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