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MASSAGE ENVY WORKER DROPS LICENSE TO AVOID SEX ABUSE CHARGE IN MIAMI

Reisner Morales, a massage therapist from Miami facing a sexual abuse claim, surrendered his massage license.

Reisner Brizuela Morales massage Horowitz LawOn May 19, 2021, Reisner Brizuela Morales, a Massage Envy therapist from Miami, surrendered his license to practice massage therapy.  When he relinquished his license, he was facing potential disciplinary action from the Department of Health for sexual misconduct with a client.  In November 2020, the Department of Heath had issued an Emergency Order restricting his license following an allegation of sexual misconduct. 

The Emergency Order was entered in response to a sexual misconduct complaint by a 31-year old female client at Massage Envy. Morales was arrested and charged with one count of battery in September 2020. His Voluntary Relinquishment will be reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank, and confirms his agreement to never re-apply for a massage therapist license in the state of Florida. 

Reisner Brizuela Morales, age 44, was a licensed massage therapist in Florida since February 2013.  According to public records, he was previously arrested on battery charges in April 2014. The charges were ultimately dismissed when he entered into a deferred prosecution program.

When clients schedule a massage, it is to decompress from the stresses of life. They trust that the massage therapists employed at the spa are carefully vetted and safe to engage with the public. It is unacceptable, immoral and unlawful for any employee to touch a client in a sexual manner.  Clients of massage therapists are placed in isolated, vulnerable settings where they can be subject to abuse by their massage therapists.  Due to the potential for abuse that is inherent under those circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault lawsuits against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at Massage Envy franchises and other spas and resorts. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz for massage clients at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

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Jacksonville’s Bernard Torres Surrenders Massage License Following Sexual Misconduct Complaint

Bernard Torres, a Jacksonville massage therapist, surrendered his license to practice massage therapy in Florida, which was accepted and adjudged as a discipline on May 14, 2021, by the Board of Massage Therapy. Following a disciplinary action brought by the Florida Department of Health Board of Massage Therapy alleging sexual misconduct at Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa, Torres agreed to cease practicing immediately and not re-apply for a massage therapist license in Florida. Bernard Torres had been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since 2005.

A Final Order of discipline was entered following an allegation of sexual misconduct made against Torres when he was working at Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa in Jacksonville, Florida.  According to the Department of Health’s Emergency Order, Torres was performing a massage on a 61-year-old female client on March 21, 2019.  While the patient was face-up, Torres moved the draping down to her hips exposing the client’s breasts without her consent. He then is alleged to have brushed his hands over the breasts several times and massaged her between the breasts.  The patient reported this activity to the managers of Hand and Stone as well as the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.  Prior to this alleged incident, Torres had been warned by Hand and Stone when a different female patient alleged that Torres exposed her breasts during a massage after numerous attempts to pull the draping up. An Emergency Order was entered in May 2019, which restricted his massage license to practice on male clients only. 

The disciplinary order continues a long and disturbing trend of sexual misconduct by massage therapists statewide, including numerous employees of Hand & Stone franchises. Under Florida law, massage therapists occupy positions of trust, and all sexual activity between the massage therapist and clients is strictly prohibited. 

Torres allegedly violated the massage therapist-patient relationship. A massage therapist may not use his relationship with a client to induce or attempt to induce the patient to engage or to engage or attempt to engage the patient in sexual activity outside the scope of practice or the scope of generally accepted examination or treatment of the patient. 

Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at Hand & Stone Spa.  A massage therapist is never permitted to have sexual contact with a client.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage at Hand & Stone or any other spa, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

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Winter Springs’s Alexander Hyman Surrenders Massage License Due to Alleged Sexual Misconduct

Winter Springs massage therapist, Alexander Hyman, surrendered his license to practice massage therapy in Florida, which was accepted and adjudged as a discipline on May 14, 2021, by the Board of Massage Therapy. Following a disciplinary action brought by the Florida Department of Health Board of Massage Therapy alleging sexual misconduct at Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa, Hyman agreed to cease practicing immediately and not re-apply for a massage therapist license in Florida. Alexander Hyman had been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since 2016.

Final Order of discipline was entered following an allegation of sexual misconduct made against Alexander Hyman when he was working at Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa, located at 5641 Red Bug Lake Road, Winter Springs, FL 32708.  On June 1, 2019, Hyman performed a massage on a 27-year-old female client. During the massage, Hyman allegedly touched her vaginal area when massaging her inner thighs and buttocks. An Emergency Order was entered in January 2020, which restricted his massage license to practice on male clients only. 

The disciplinary order continues a long and disturbing trend of sexual misconduct by massage therapists statewide, including numerous employees of Hand & Stone franchises. Under Florida law, massage therapists occupy positions of trust, and all sexual activity between the massage therapist and clients is strictly prohibited. 

Hyman allegedly violated the massage therapist-patient relationship. A massage therapist may not use his relationship with a client to induce or attempt to induce the patient to engage or to engage or attempt to engage the patient in sexual activity outside the scope of practice or the scope of generally accepted examination or treatment of the patient. 

Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at Hand & Stone Spa.  A massage therapist is never permitted to have sexual contact with a client.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage at Hand & Stone or any other spa, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

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Lawsuit Filed Against Massage Envy in Hollywood

Horowitz Law has filed a lawsuit in Broward County Circuit Court against the Hollywood, Florida franchise of Massage Envy arising from an alleged incident of sexual misconduct by massage therapist Yahil Suarez Oliva at Massage Envy on November 24, 2020. This Massage Envy franchise is located at 5081 Sheridan St, Hollywood, FL 33021 in the Sheridan Plaza.

According to the client, Suarez Oliva provided a 60-minute massage to a 46-year-old female client. The client undressed and laid face down on the table with a sheet covering her buttocks. When Suarez Oliva entered the room, he uncovered one side of her buttocks.

During the massage,  he allegedly touched and grazed the client’s breast multiple times.  At one point, he directed his client to flip over on her back and lay face up.  According to the Emergency Order, the victim complained of sharp shooting pain in her groin area. Oliva began massaging the area with one hand, and with the other hand, he penetrated the client’s vagina using one or more fingers. He then reportedly walked by her side and rubbed his erect penis on the client’s arm and shoulder area. As he continued to massage her, the alleged victim told him “don’t touch me,” then got up and got dressed. The Order states that the client suffered from panic attacks for months thereafter.

The Florida Department of Health previously issued an Emergency Order on March 31, 2021, restricting the massage therapy license of Yahil Suarez Oliva.  The Emergency Order was issued in response to this same woman’s sexual misconduct claim. Suarez Oliva has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since November 2018. 

All massage therapists in Florida are licensed by the Florida Department of Health.  Other states have similar licensing boards.  If your massage therapist makes any sexual contact with you, it is a violation of professional ethics and may be a crime.  In addition to reporting misconduct to law enforcement, if this incident occurs in Florida you can also lodge a complaint with the Department of Health at this website: https://www.flhealthcomplaint.gov

If you have been a victim of sexual assault during a massage at any Massage Envy location, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

 

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Titusville Massage Therapist Thomas Grasso Surrenders License Following Multiple Sex Abuse Charges

On May 14, 2021, the Board of Massage Therapy accepted and adjudged Titusville massage therapist Thomas Grasso and accepted as discipline his relinquishment of his state license to practice massage therapy in Florida. Thomas Grasso surrendered his license which constitutes discipline under Department of Health rules after disciplinary actions were brought by the Florida Department of Health Board of Massage Therapy alleging sexual misconduct on at least 21 female clients.  Thomas Grasso agreed to cease practicing immediately and agreed not to re-apply for a massage therapist license in Florida. Grasso had been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since 1993.

On Thursday, December 3, 2020, Titusville Police arrested Grasso after multiple alleged victims reported incidents of sexual abuse to police. During the initial battery investigation, detectives found evidence Grasso committed crimes against 19 more female clients after they had been referred to him to get massages for medical reasons.

In November 2020, the Florida Department of Health ordered the emergency restriction of Grasso’s license for flagrantly disregarding the laws and regulations governing massage therapists. 

Final Order of discipline was entered following multiple allegations made against Luis when he was working at Dr. Daly’s Chiropractic Clinic located at 42708 Garden Street in Titusville, Florida 32796. 

The disciplinary order continues a long and disturbing trend of sexual misconduct by massage therapists statewide. Under Florida law, massage therapists occupy positions of trust, and all sexual activity between the massage therapist and clients is strictly prohibited. 

Grasso allegedly violated the massage therapist-patient relationship. A massage therapist may not use his relationship with a client to induce or attempt to induce the patient to engage or to engage or attempt to engage the patient in sexual activity outside the scope of practice or the scope of generally accepted examination or treatment of the patient. Sexual activity by any person or persons in any massage establishment is absolutely prohibited.

Clients book a massage to decompress from the stresses of life. They trust that the massage therapists employed at the spa will act professionally and expect they are carefully vetted and safe to engage with the public. It is unacceptable, immoral, and unlawful for any employee to touch a client in a sexual manner.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at medical offices, spas, and resorts. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation. 

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Naples Massage Therapist Ermin Luis Surrenders License Due to Alleged Sexual Misconduct

Naples massage therapist Ermin Luis surrendered his license to practice massage therapy in Florida which was accepted and adjudged as discipline on May 14, 2021, by the Board of Massage Therapy. Following a disciplinary action brought by the Florida Department of Health Board of Massage Therapy alleging sexual misconduct at Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa, Luis voluntarily relinquished his massage license, agreed to cease practicing immediately, and not re-apply for a massage therapist license in Florida. Ermin Luis has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since 2014.

Final Order of discipline was entered following an allegation of sexual misconduct made against Ermin Luis when he was working at Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa, located at 4868 Davis Blvd, South Naples, FL 34104.  On July 24, 2019, Luis performed a massage on a 17-year-old female client. During the massage, Ermin Luis allegedly removed the drape covering the girl’s breasts. He then reportedly touched her breasts and nipples. He was arrested and charged with Battery in Collier County in October 2019. He entered into a deferred prosecution agreement in February 2020. By signing this, Luis agreed that if he does not violate any local, state, or federal laws during a period of four months and completes 25 hours of community services, the criminal charges will be dropped. 

This was Luis’s second offense.  In 2014, just months after getting his license, Luis was arrested in Collier County and charged with one count of resisting an officer with violence. He pleaded no contest. His failure to report the incident to the Board of Massage Therapy violated Department of Health regulations.

The disciplinary order continues a long and disturbing trend of sexual misconduct by massage therapists statewide. Under Florida law, massage therapists occupy positions of trust, and all sexual activity between the massage therapist and clients is strictly prohibited. 

Luis allegedly violated the massage therapist-patient relationship. A massage therapist may not use his relationship with a client to induce or attempt to induce the patient to engage or to engage or attempt to engage the patient in sexual activity outside the scope of practice or the scope of generally accepted examination or treatment of the patient. 

Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at Hand & Stone Spa.  A massage therapist is never permitted to have sexual contact with a client.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage at Hand & Stone or any other spa, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

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Lake Mary Massage Therapist Alfredo Barreras Gets License Revoked Due to Sexual Misconduct

On May 13, 2021, Lake Mary massage therapist Alfredo Barreras had his license revoked following a disciplinary action brought by the Florida Department of Health Board of Massage Therapy alleging sexual misconduct at Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa. Alfredo Barreras has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since 2014.

Final Order of discipline was entered following an allegation made against Barreras when he was working at Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa, located at 1210 International Pkwy S, Lake Mary, FL 32746. Barreras was arrested in Seminole County, Florida, on September 8, 2018, due to unlawful sexual contact with a 38-year-old female client during a 60-minute massage on August 7, 2018. The alleged victim told law enforcement that Barreras put his hand under the victim’s underwear and touched her vagina. He exposed her breasts and placed his mouth on both her nipples.

Barreras allegedly admitted to the sexual contact when interviewed by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office on September 7, 2018. However, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office gave notice on November 21, 2018, that they do not intend to file criminal charges against Barreras. The Florida Department of Health issued an Emergency Order restricting Barreras’ massage therapy license on November 28, 2018, on account of this complaint. 

Barreras never replied and did admit the allegations were credible; subsequently, his license has been revoked, and he has to pay a $2,500 fine.

There are numerous pending civil lawsuits involving sexual misconduct against Hand & Stone franchises in the State of Florida. Under Florida law, massage therapists occupy positions of trust, and all sexual activity between the massage therapist and clients is strictly prohibited. 

Barreras violated the massage therapist-patient relationship according to his own admission to law enforcement.  A massage therapist may not use his relationship with a client to induce or attempt to induce the patient to engage or to engage or attempt to engage the patient in sexual activity outside the scope of practice or the scope of generally accepted examination or treatment of the patient. 

Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at Hand & Stone Spa.  A massage therapist is never permitted to have sexual contact with a client.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage at Hand & Stone or any other spa, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz  at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

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Wellington Massage Therapist Roberto Herrera Gets License Revoked Due to Sexual Misconduct Complaint

On May 13, 2021, Wellington massage therapist Roberto Herrera had his license revoked following a disciplinary action brought by the Florida Department of Health Board of Massage Therapy alleging sexual misconduct at Zen Message.   Roberto Herrera had been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since 2008.

A Final Order of discipline was entered following an allegation made against Roberto Herrera while he was working at Zen Massage, located at 2465 State Rd 7 #500, Wellington, FL 33414. On July 2, 2020, Herrera performed a 120-minute massage on a 29-year-old female client. During the massage, the client alleges that massage therapist Roberto Herrera positioned her legs so the one was bent to the side, exposing her vaginal area. He then began touching her upper thigh and then on her vaginal area. He began rubbing her vagina and the victim screamed, “OK, no.”

Herrera allegedly said, “I’m sorry, I assumed, never mind.” He apologized to his client stating that he was ashamed, and said that typically when a client books a 2-hour massage, they are looking for that. The alleged victim reported the incident and an Administrative Complaint was filed. Herrera never replied or denied the allegations. The investigative attorney found the allegations credible and therefore concluded that his license be revoked, as well as pay a $2,500 fine.

The disciplinary order continues a long and disturbing trend of sexual misconduct by massage therapists statewide. Under Florida law, massage therapists occupy positions of trust, and all sexual activity between the massage therapist and clients is strictly prohibited.

Herrera was in violation of the massage therapist-patient relationship.  A massage therapist may not use his relationship with a client to induce or attempt to induce the patient to engage or to engage or attempt to engage the patient in sexual activity outside the scope of practice or the scope of generally accepted examination or treatment of the patient. Sexual activity by any person or persons in any massage establishment is absolutely prohibited.

Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at spas and resorts.  A massage therapist is never permitted to have sexual contact with a client.  If you have a been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

 

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Miami Beach Massage Therapist Christopher Mankarious Arrested For Sexual Battery at Popular Hotel

On April 28, 2021, Christopher Mankarious, a Miami Beach massage therapist, was arrested on sexual battery charges at Lapis Spa inside the Fontainebleau Hotel at 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140. Mankarious, licensed as a massage therapist in Florida since 2019, also works as an on-demand therapist with a mobile app called Soothe.  

According to media reports, the alleged victim was a guest at the hotel with her family in late March. She booked a 60-minute massage with Christopher Mankarious at Lapis Spa. The guest changed out of her clothes and into the robe provided. She stated that she doesn’t get massages often and didn’t know if it was customary to fully undress. Mankarious reportedly told the alleged victim to lie face down on the bed and that he would return shortly to start the massage.

The arrest report states that during the massage Mankarious moved his client’s body in a way that exposed her vagina, and then he penetrated her with his finger.  The report states Mankarious realized his client was upset and began to apologize repeatedly, tried to diffuse the situation, and resume the massage by placing his hands on the client’s shoulders. The alleged victim then said she wanted to stop the massage, and Mankarious left the room. She reported the incident to the spa and hotel staff, as well as the Miami Beach Police Department.  Police said Mankarious was questioned about the incident by a manager and said, “My mind wasn’t clear. I misunderstood. I wasn’t in a clear state of mind.”  Detectives arrested Christopher Mankarious and charged him with sexual battery.  After initially invoking his right to remain silent, Mankarious volunteered to police that he grazed the victim’s vagina with his hand as he was massaging near her buttocks/thigh area.

When clients schedule a massage, it is to decompress from the stresses of life. They trust that the massage therapists employed at the spa are carefully vetted and safe to engage with the public. It is unacceptable, immoral, and unlawful for any employee to touch a client in a sexual manner.  Clients of massage therapists are placed in isolated, vulnerable settings where they can be subject to abuse by their massage therapists. Due to the potential for abuse that is inherent under those circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault lawsuits against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at massage studios, spas, hotels, and resorts. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz for massage clients at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

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MASSAGE ENVY IN AVENTURA TARGETED IN SEXUAL ASSAULT LAWSUIT

Horowitz Law has filed a lawsuit in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court against the the Massage Envy franchise in Aventura, Florida arising from an alleged incident of sexual misconduct by massage therapist Melvyn King during an appointment at Massage Envy on July 17, 2019.  This Massage Envy franchise is located at  20633 Biscayne Blvd. in Aventura, Florida.

According to the lawsuit, during the massage appointment, Melyn King leaned over his female client and rubbed his crotch onto her upper and lower arm, pressing his erect penis against her. The client reportedly tried to move her arm out of the way to avoid this contact, which was unexpected, shocking and uncomfortable.  The lawsuit says that King continued to lean over and rub his lower torso and groin area against the client’s arm and she could feel something hard against her arm.  King allegedly started breathing heavy near her, which made her extremely uncomfortable and desperate to end the massage.  At that time, the client told told King that she had to use the restroom so he would leave and allow her to get dressed.

All massage therapist in Florida are licensed by the Florida Department of Health.  Other states have similar licensing boards.  If your massage therapist makes any sexual contact with you, it is a violation of professional ethics and may be a crime.  In addition to reporting misconduct to law enforcement, if this incident occurs in Florida you can also lodge a complaint with the Department of Health at this website: https://www.flhealthcomplaint.gov

Our law firm represents Massage Envy clients who have been subjected to sexual misconduct during a massage. If you have a been a victim of sexual assault during a massage at any Massage Envy location, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com