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Yahil Suarez Oliva of Massage Envy in Hollywood Disciplined for Sexual Misconduct

On March 31, 2021, the Florida Department of Health issued an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of Yahil Suarez Oliva on account of alleged sexual misconduct at Massage Envy in the Sheridan Plaza franchise in Hollywood, Florida.  The Order prohibits Yahil Suarez Oliva from practicing massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida.  The Emergency Order was entered in response to a sexual misconduct complaint by a female client. Oliva has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since November 2018. 

On November 24, 2020, Oliva was employed at a Massage Envy located at 5081 Sheridan St, Hollywood, FL 33021 (Sheridan Plaza). On that day, 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 Oliva entered the room, he uncovered one side of her buttocks.

During the massage, Suarez Oliva 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 a 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 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.

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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Jesus Baca – Ft. Lauderdale Massage Therapist Disciplined for Sexual Misconduct

On March 22, 2021, the Florida Department of Health issued an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of Jesus Baca in response to a report of sexual misconduct during a massage he performed at a spa in Fort Lauderdale. The Order prohibits Jesus Baca from practicing massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida.  The Emergency Order was entered in response to a sexual misconduct complaint by a female client. Baca has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since January 2012. 

Jesus Baca was employed at a Tiffany Beauty Spa located at 1507 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. On February 9, 2021, Mr. Baca was hired to provide a 60-minute massage to a 46-year old female client.  During the massage, Baca allegedly removed the client’s towel that was covering her vagina and pulled her underwear to the side. He then rubbed her vagina and clitoris with his fingers. The client told Baca to stop, and she got dressed. She then reported the sexual abuse to the receptionist. She left the spa in tears.

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 salons and spas. 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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Danis Diaz Delgado – Massage Envy Hollywood Employee Disciplined for Sexual Misconduct

On March 22, 2021, the Florida Department of Health issued an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of Danis Diaz Delgado, a massage therapist from Miami, on account of alleged sexual misconduct at Massage Envy in the east Hollywood franchise.  The Order prohibits Danis Diaz Delgado from practicing massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida.  The Emergency Order was entered in response to a sexual misconduct complaint by a female client. Delgado has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since June 2020. 

On January 22, 2021, Delgado was employed at a Massage Envy located at 1640 Sheridan Street, Hollywood, FL 33020 (West Lake Commons). On that day, Delgado provided a 60-minute massage to a 28-year-old female client. During the massage, Delgado was massaging the client’s upper inner thigh and reportedly moved his hand to her vaginal area and then rubbed her vagina over her underwear.  Delgado then moved her underwear to the side and continued to rub her vagina according to the Department of Health. Delgado tried to remove the client’s underwear at which time she told him not to do so. The Order then says he replied, “it is just a massage.” Delgado continued to massage client’s thigh and twirled her pubic hair.    The client reported the alleged assault to the Hollywood Police Department on the date it occurred.

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.

Our Thoughts On The Horrific Atlanta Spa shootings

Since six of the eight victims were Asian-Americans, the recent attack on three Atlanta-area spas has rightly focused on racial discrimination and racially-motivated violence. (All but one were women.)

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/03/17/us/shooting-atlanta-acworth

We don’t in any way want to minimize the suffering of those massage therapists and their families. And in fact, we at Horowitz Law extend to ALL the victims and their loved ones our deepest sympathies.

At the same time, another part of this tragedy that also deserves attention: just how tough a job massage therapists have.

Let’s be clear, our firm has successfully sued dozens of abusive massage therapists.  We’ve gotten justice for their victims. We’ve gotten dangerous employees fired and their licenses revoked. And we’ve publicly exposed them so they’ll be less able to hurt others, as massage therapists or in other positions with other employers.

Sadly, there are plenty of bad massage therapists out there.

In fact, we blogged about one just days ago:

https://adamhorowitzlaw.com/emergency-order-massage-therapist-aramis-savedra-barcelo-naples/

And about another one just weeks ago:

https://adamhorowitzlaw.com/titusville-massage-therapist-faces-charges/

But of course the overwhelming majority of men and women who provide massages and massage therapy are good, hard-working people who deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.

And sadly, they must put up with misimpressions of their work. They experience teasing about their occupation. They feel shame caused by colleagues who hurt, instead of help, those in need of a healing touch. And sometimes they encounter sick clients like the Atlanta shooter who acknowledges that he’s a sex addict.

Again, they deserve none of this. Like others in the helping professions who bring solace and relieve pain, they should be adequately compensated and appreciated, not put down in any way, regardless of their race, color or creed.

One more aspect of this horror must also be understood. Sexual violence and sexual aggression often manifest themselves in many ways beyond the violent sex act itself.

Sexual predators often suffer from poor impulse control and poor decision-making. They can be prone to experience bouts of rage, sexual frustration, and even guilt and channel these emotions in pre-meditated violence.

(Consider how often people in the sex industry, transsexuals and other sexual minorities are assaulted and killed every year.)

Finally, how can you help? Immediately report to law enforcement any suspicions or knowledge you may have – no matter how old, vague or potentially irrelevant it might seem. Give the independent, experienced professionals in police departments and prosecutors’ offices the chance to investigate and maybe spare others the intense harm that happens when massage therapists ‘cross the line’ and are sexually inappropriate.

Ridding the massage industry of bad actors will enhance the reputation and professionalism of the field and decrease the chances that an outraged or deranged client will be violent towards a massage therapist.

Again, our hearts go out to all the victims, including these who have been identified by police: Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng and Elcias R. Hernandez-Ortiz.

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Naples Massage Therapist Faces Sexual Assault Complaint

On March 11, 2021, the Florida Department of Health restricted the license of massage therapist Aramis Savedra Barcelo from Naples, Florida. The Surgeon General issued an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of Aramis Savedra Barcelo, L.M.T., in response to sexual misconduct alleged by a 31-year old female client at Massage Heights located at 2348 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL 34109.   The Emergency Order prohibits Barcelo from practicing massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida.

Aramis Savedra Barcelo has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since November 2018. On December 12, 2020 Barcelo was employed at Massage Heights. His client came in for a massage and foot scrub. He began the massage with the client face down, and mid-way through, asked her to flip over on to her back. Barcelo then allegedly began touching the client’s vagina and inner thigh. He apologized for getting too close. He then took out hot stones for use, but the client stated she did not book a hot stone massage. Barcelo informed the client that he would not charge her extra; he just liked using them. He then placed the stones under her draping and rubbed her vagina with a stone. He then allegedly grabbed the client’s breast and twisted her nipple under the sheet. The client then noticed she felt something wet on her vagina, and she immediately opened her eyes to find Barcelo’s head between her legs. When the massage ended, the client told her boyfriend what transpired and then reported it to management. She also filed a police report with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office but did not prosecute.

When clients schedule a massage, it is for the purpose of relaxation and escaping 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 various franchises, 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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Titusville Massage Therapist Thomas Grasso Facing Multiple Sex Crime Charges

On Thursday, December 3, 2020, Titusville Police arrested longtime massage therapist Thomas Gregory Grasso, age 57, of Port St. John, Florida after multiple alleged victims reported incidents of sexual abuse to police.  According to Titusville police, one of the alleged victims came forward in early October. During the initial battery investigation, detectives found evidence Grasso committed crimes against 19 more female clients over a period of years after they had been referred to him to get massages for medical reasons.

As of January 8, 2021, Titusville Police Chief said a total 21 female patients have filed police reports involving sexual misconduct by Grasso. Thomas Grasso is currently facing misdemeanor and felony charges involving four of the women. Investigators have sent an additional 57 recommended charges to the State Attorney’s Office. Grasso has been licensed as a massage therapist in the State of Florida since 1993. Titusville Police say for at least the past 10 years, he sexually assaulted, molested, and exposed himself to patients.

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. The Emergency Order prohibits Grasso from practicing massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida, and ensures he can no longer pose an immediate, serious danger to the public’s health, welfare and safety.

Grasso has been charged with two counts of Sexual Battery, two counts of Battery, two Counts of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation of an Elderly Person and one count of Aggravated Battery on a Pregnant Woman. He was arrested during a traffic stop and booked into the Brevard County Jail with a bond set at $96,000. Additional charges, 43 counts of battery and 14 counts of exposure of sex organs, are being sent to the State Attorney’s Office for review.

According to police reports that have been released, the Titusville Police Department received a Battery report on October 22, 2020, by Grasso. The female victim stated that she scheduled a prenatal massage with Grasso in May or June of 2019 when the victim was approximately seven months pregnant. Grasso positioned the victim on her side, with her genitals uncovered. The victim reported that Grasso got extremely close to her vagina and asked her if he could massage the unborn baby.

On October 23, 2020, another police report stated that the victim, who was herself a massage therapist, received three massages by Grasso in 2019. During her last massage, the victim stated that Grasso rubbed her breasts and nipples. She no longer sought out his services.

On October 8, 2020, the Titusville Police Department received a report of Battery and Indecent Exposure. The victim received a massage once before with Grasso that she felt was inappropriate but had no proof. So she booked another massage with him and set up a recording device so she can catch him in action. The video shows Grasso exposing his penis several times and masturbating. It also revealed a substance in his hand that he then massaged the victim with. When the police questioned Grasso about the incident, he denied it until he was shown the video. He then admitted that it was in fact, him and that he only did it because he felt the victim was flirting.

On October 16, 2020, the Titusville Police Department received a report of Battery and Sexual Battery. The victim stated that she had been an ongoing client of Grasso at Dr. Daly’s Chiropractic Clinic in Titusville for about a year.  During the course of the year, she noticed that Grasso would get increasing closer and closer to her genitals. The victim stated that Grasso told her that he had to massage around her labia, vaginal opening, buttocks, anus, and breasts as part of her treatment. On at least two occasions, Grasso inserted his fingers into the victim’s vagina. She also claimed that she would feel an unknown hard object rub on her feel hands and legs, which she believed to be his exposed penis.

When clients book a massage, it is 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. 

Florida Massage Therapists Get Licenses Revoked

Multiple Florida Massage Therapists Lose License Due to Sexual Misconduct Complaints

On February 16, 2021, four licensed massage therapists in Florida had their license revoked following disciplinary actions brought by the Florida Department of Health Board of Massage Therapy alleging sexual misconduct. 

These disciplinary Orders continue 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.

Honghua Cai (Tarpon Springs): A Final Order of discipline was entered on February 15, 2021, against Cai’s license following an allegation that while providing a massage to an undercover law enforcement officer on January 24, 2012, Cai touched the officer’s penis six times, offered manual masturbation, and offered to shower with the officer. She also failed to report her nolo contendere plea multiple times and failed to report a DUI in a timely fashion.

Jinhua Jin (Kissimmee): A Final Order of discipline was entered on February 16, 2021, against Jin’s license following an allegation of sexual misconduct at Spa Asia in Kissimmee, FL. On December 11, 2019, Jin performed a massage on an undercover police officer. Jin offered to perform manual masturbation for an additional charge.

Dezhu Ren (Middleburg): A Final Order of discipline was entered on February 16, 2021, against Ren’s license (which has been voluntarily relinquished) following an allegation of sexual misconduct at a Polk County massage establishment. On March 5, 2014, Ren performed a massage on an undercover police officer posing as a client as there were multiple complaints about illegal sexual activity occurring at the studio. Ren asked the “client” to remove his underwear in which he replied, no. Ren pulled down the officer’s underwear and massaged his buttocks and inner thighs. Ren removed the client’s underwear without permission and threw them across the room. Ren offered manual masturbation in which the cop said, “no, you.” Ren then proceeded to rub his penis with both hands until he stopped her. He then notified police surveillance units through a covert audio recording device and placed Ren under arrest.

Hui Feng Li (Jacksonville): A Final Order of discipline was entered on February 16, 2021, against Li’s license following an allegation of sexual misconduct at Florida Oasis Massage and Spa. On June 14, 2017, Li performed a massage on an undercover cop posing as a client. During the massage, Li offered and agreed to perform manual masturbation on the Jacksonville Sheriff.

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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Massage Therapist Joseph Succar Restricted by Dept. of Health Due to Sexual Assault

On February 16, 2021, the Florida Department of Health issued an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of  Joseph Succar, a massage therapist from Miami, on account of alleged sexual misconduct at Vitality Massage Studio located at 8870 SW 129th Terrace, Miami, FL 33176. The Order prohibits Joseph Succar from practicing massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida.  The Emergency Order was entered in response to a sexual misconduct complaint by a female client.

Joseph Succar has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since May 2018. Succar was employed  at a Vitality Massage Studio but was terminated in late 2020 due to speaking unprofessionally to Vitality clients.  Nevertheless, on November 11, 2020, an employee at another massage establishment reportedly referred a female client to Mr. Succar as she was desperately trying to find a therapist that day. Succar reached out to the owners of Vitality Massage to see if he could use their facility to perform the massage despite his prior termination. Vitality agreed to the arrangement, and the client came to the studio for an 8:30 p.m. appointment.

Before the massage, Succar provided client with a bath towel to drape herself.  The towel was a hand towel and only covered her buttocks. During the massage, Succar allegedly spoke to the client about sexual encounters with women which the client thought was odd. He them proceeded to perform massage and midway though, she was asked to roll over on her back. The small towel only covered her genital area, leaving her breasts exposed. Succar allegedly grazed her nipples multiple times during the massage. According to the Order, Succar then asked client to lay in a yoga-style stretch position which exposed the client’s vagina. Succar even mentioned that he wouldn’t look at her vagina but she noticed him staring at her vagina which made her uncomfortable enough to end the stretch. After the massage, Succar informed client that he only accepted cash for the services and followed her to an ATM machine nearby.  She was afraid that he would be violent if she said no. After paying Succar, the client began to leave but Succar insisted on following her home. She told Succar no, but he followed her several blocks before she screamed “No.”   The next day, the client called Vitality Massage to report Succar’s behavior. The owners told her that he was terminated a few weeks prior and that they thought he was using studio to perform a massage on a friend. 

When clients schedule a massage, it is to relax and escape 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 various franchises, 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.

The Steps to Take After Being Sexually Assaulted by a Massage Therapist

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Attorney Adam Horowitz is among the most experienced attorneys in the country in representing survivors of sexual assault by massage therapists (otherwise known as masseurs or masseuses).  Our law firm has represented dozens of people sexually assaulted by massage therapists and obtained justice in countless cases against large national chain spas, luxury hotels, and local spas.  An explosive Buzzfeed News investigation in which Adam Horowitz was quoted blew the cover off the massage industry and exposed the fact that over 180 people had reported sexual misconduct at Massage Envy franchises nationwide.  Since that time, the number of abuse claimants has continued to soar.

We have handled sexual misconduct cases involving incidents at Massage Envy, Hand & Stone, Massage Green, Massage LuXe, Elements Massage, Massage Heights, and many other locations.  In some cases, Horowitz Law has represented multiple victims of a single massage therapist.  It is often the case that after one client comes forward with an account of assault and then additional victims of the same perpetrator gain the courage and strength to come forward as well.  There is strength in numbers and having the courage to expose your perpetrator may provide support to other victims in telling their story.

All sexual contact by massage therapists during a professional setting is prohibited.  For  instance, Section 480.0485, Florida Statutes, provides as follows:

Sexual misconduct in the practice of massage therapy. — The massage therapist-patient relationship is founded on mutual trust. Sexual misconduct in the practice of massage therapy means violation of the massage therapist-patient relationship through which the massage therapist uses that relationship 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 misconduct in the practice of massage therapy is prohibited.

In most jurisdictions, sexual contact by a massage therapist is a crime and can result in the massage therapist losing his professional license.  In addition to contacting a civil attorney to find out your rights in a lawsuit, there are others to whom you should also report a sexual assault by a massage therapist:

  1. Notify the police department or other law enforcement agency in the city where the massage occurred.  It is important that you report the assault in full detail to criminal authorities so that the massage therapist can be exposed and held criminally responsible where appropriate.  In criminal cases, there is a high burden of proof. Not every perpetrator will be criminally charged, but it is important to get the report on record. It could cost the therapist his job or prevent him committing abuse in the future.
  2. Notify the Department of Health or other licensing agency in the state where the massage therapist is licensed. You should submit a report in writing detailing all inappropriate contact initiated by the massage therapist.  Remember — it is not your fault that the massage therapist touched you in a sexual manner and it is not your fault if you did not immediately stop the perpetrator.  It is also not your fault if you did not immediately report the incident while you were still figuring out how to process these events.  When you go into a massage, you are expecting a relaxing experience from a trained professional.  You are not expecting the massage therapist to initiate sexual contact.  In most jurisdictions, the Department of Health or Board of Massage Therapy will commence an investigation of the massage therapist upon receiving a sexual assault allegation.  The Department is authorized to impose a variety of remedies, ranging from removing a message therapist’s licenses to suspension to public reprimand.  Sanctions against a massage therapist may become a public record and you can protect other clients from being exposed to a potential sexual assault by reporting an assault to the Department of Health.
  3. Contact a therapist.  After a traumatic event such as being sexually assaulted during a massage, it is typical to have feelings of anxiety, stress, intrusive thoughts, depression, restlessness or fear, making it difficult to adjust or cope for some time afterwards. In particular, survivors of sexual trauma may experience severe feelings of anxiety, stress, or fear, known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). While it is natural to have some of these symptoms after a traumatic event, if they last more than a few weeks and become an ongoing problem, it might be PTSD. As important as it is to notify an attorney and civil authorities about a sexual trauma, there is no substitute for also receiving therapy from a trained professional.

If you have a been sexually assaulted in a spa or during a massage, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to attorney Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

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Victorio Donato, Massage Envy Employee From Miami, Disciplined for Sexual Misconduct

On February 17, 2021, the Florida Department of Health issued an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of Victorio Donato, a massage therapist from Miami, on account of alleged sexual misconduct at Massage Envy in the West Kendall franchise.  The Order prohibits Victorio Donato from practicing massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida.  The Emergency Order was entered in response to a sexual misconduct complaint by a female client. 

Victorio R. Donato, has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since July 2018.  He also markets himself as “Dr. Spa” and appears to have been working at Bellisima Magic Touch Spa (14261 SW 120th St #114, Miami, FL 33186 and 815 NW 57th Ave #207 Miami, FL 33126) since his departure from Massage Envy.

On November 22, 2020, Victorio Donato was employed at a Massage Envy location in Miami (13660 SW 88th Street Miami, FL 33186 (Carter Square). On that day, Donato provided a massage on a female client. During the massage, Donato used a percussion vibrator to massage the victim’s back and legs. While the client was lying face down, Mr. Donato allegedly removed the draping that covered her buttocks and let if fall to the floor, leaving her exposed. Donato reportedly separated the woman’s legs, massaged her inner thighs and inserted one or more his fingers into the client’s vagina and/or anus. According to the Order, Donato then flipped her on to her back and placed his mouth on the client’s vagina while inserting his fingers in her vagina. He then removed his finger and placed it in the client’s mouth. The Order then says Donato covered the client’s mouth while fondling her breasts and genitals. Donato allegedly placed his erect penis in the client’s hand. The client began to cry.

After leaving the spa, the client reportedly went to her car and cried. She noticed that there was a Miami Police Department (MPD) Officer in the parking lot and she reported Donato’s alleged misconduct.

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.