Category: Massage

Leonard Manuel Lopez De La Torre Horowitz Law

Massage Envy Employee Leonard Manuel Lopez De La Torre Arrested For Sexual Misconduct

On August 8, 2022, a St. Petersburg massage therapist, Leonard Manuel Lopez De La Torre, was arrested after reports were made that he sexually assaulted a female client during a massage. The St. Petersburg Police Department charged Lopez De La Torre with simple battery and booked him into the Pinellas County Jail. He then was released after posting $500 bail. Leonard Manuel Lopez De La Torre, 51, has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since August 2018.  

According to media reports, Lopez De La Torre was working at the St. Petersburg Massage Envy on 4th Street on August 2, 2022, when he performed a 60-minute massage on a female client. During the massage, Lopez De La Torre allegedly reached under the client’s sheet, grabbed the client’s right breast, and pulled her nipple, causing minor redness to the area,” an arrest report states. The arrest affidavit said that an employee at Massage Envy confirmed the victim was the suspect’s client on the day of the offense.

Massage Envy’s corporate office stated, “Massage Envy is committed to promoting a safe environment for members, guests and service providers at each of the over 1,100 independently owned and operated franchised locations nationwide. We urge anyone who experiences anything other than a safe, quality massage to report it immediately to the franchised location so that it can be investigated. We cannot comment on pending allegations or litigation involving any independently owned and operated franchised location.”

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.

Youssef Habbouli Horowitz Law

Massage Therapist, Youssef Habbouli, Gets License Restricted Due to Sexual Assault Complaint

On July 29, 2022, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) issued an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapist license of Youssef Habbouli, after an alleged sexual assault complaint was made by his client. The order prohibits Habbouli’s practice of massage therapy on all female clients in the State of Florida. Habbouli has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since May 2008.

According to the Emergency Order, on June 2, 2022, Youssef Habbouli was assigned to perform a 60-massage on a 21-year-old female client at J. Sterling’s Wellness Spa in Clermont, FL The client was lying face down when Habbouli began the massage and about mid-way through, he asked the client to flip on her back. Habbouli slightly separated her legs and undraped the sheet to uncover them. He massaged up her legs to her thighs and touched/rubbed the client’s vagina with his fingers multiple times. Habbouli then stretched the client’s legs and bent them each into a “frog” position which exposed the client’s vagina. Habbouli never explained his technique or why he touched the client’s genitals. The woman felt uncomfortable and left when the massage was over.

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. Mr. Habbouli willfully abused his position as a massage therapist to sexually violate a woman who trusted him to act professionally and within the boundaries of generally accepted massage therapy and treatment. Habbouli’s violation of the massage therapist-patient relationship indicates that he lacks the good moral character and judgment necessary 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 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.

Jean Richard Cherisme Horowitz Law

Hand and Stone Massage Therapist Jean Richard Cherisme Criminally Charged Due to Sexual Assault Complaint

On July 1, 2022, Altamonte Springs massage therapist Jean Richard Cherisme was criminally charged in Seminole County, Florida, for unlawfully committing battery and intentionally touching or harming another person. The battery charge was due to a formal complaint made on March 31, 2022, to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office by a 41-year-old woman alleging she was sexually assaulted during an 80-minute massage by Cherisme at Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa location in Longwood, Fl. Cherisme is set for an arraignment on July 27, 2022.

Two weeks later, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) issued an Emergency Order restricting Cherisme’s license and prohibiting his practice of massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida. Cherisme has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since July 2021. 

According to the Emergency Order, Jean Richard Cherisme was assigned to perform a massage on a woman at Hand and Stone Massage. The client was lying face down when Cherisme began the massage. He rubbed his hands up the client’s legs to her thighs. Cherisme then slid his hand under the client’s underwear and ran his fingers along her labia. Cherisme continued to rub the client’s thighs and labia for about 5 minutes. He then asked the woman to flip over on her back. He then proceeded to rub her thighs again and slid his hands under her underwear, and caressed her vaginal area. The client was in shock and frightened of what Cherisme would do if she said something. She immediately reported the incident to Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

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. Mr. Jean Richard Cherisme willfully abused his position as a massage therapist to sexually violate a woman who trusted him to act professionally and within the boundaries of generally accepted massage therapy and treatment. Cherisme’s violation of the massage therapist-patient relationship indicates that he lacks the good moral character and judgment necessary 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 Hand and Stone and various 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.

Jean Richard Cherisme Horowitz Law

Jean Richard Cherisme, An Altamonte Springs Massage Therapist, Gets License Restricted Due to Alleged Sexual Misconduct

On July 15, 2022, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) issued an Emergency Order of the license of massage therapist Jean Richard Cherisme, prohibiting his practice of massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida. The Emergency Order was entered in response to a complaint made by a woman claiming she was sexually assaulted by Cherisme at Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa location in Longwood, FLCherisme has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since July 2021. 

According to the Emergency Order, on March 31, 2022, Jean Richard Cherisme was assigned to perform an 80-minute massage on a 41-year-old woman at Hand and Stone Massage. The client was lying face down when Cherisme began the massage. He rubbed his hands up the client’s legs to her thighs. Cherisme then slid his hand under the client’s underwear and ran his fingers along her labia. Cherisme continued to rub the client’s thighs and labia for about 5 minutes. He then asked the woman to flip over on her back. He then proceeded to rub her thighs again and slid his hands under her underwear, and caressed her vaginal area. The client was in shock and frightened of what Cherisme would do if she said something. At the end of her massage, the client got dressed and immediately reported the incident to Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

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. Mr. Jean Richard Cherisme willfully abused his position as a massage therapist to sexually violate a woman who trusted him to act professionally and within the boundaries of generally accepted massage therapy and treatment. Cherisme’s violation of the massage therapist-patient relationship indicates that he lacks the good moral character and judgment necessary 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 Hand and Stone and various 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.

Michael Francis Taylor Horowitz Law

St. Augustine Massage Therapist Michael Francis Taylor Gets License Restricted Due to Sexual Assault Complaint

On July 8, 2002, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) issued an Emergency Order of the license of massage therapist, Michael Francis Taylor, prohibiting his practice of 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 that allegedly occurred during a massage he performed while working at Circles of Wellness Spa located at 955 Registry Blvd. in St. Augustine, FL.

Taylor has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since May 2013. Prior to that, Taylor practiced ballroom dance. According to the Emergency Order, on June 11, 2022, Michael Francis Taylor was assigned to perform a 90-minute massage on a 31-year-old female client at Circles of Wellness Med SpaAbout halfway through the massage, Taylor instructed the client to flip over on her back facing up. He began to massage her right leg and moved up her thigh. Taylor then allegedly slid his hand under the sheet that was covering the client’s vaginal area and inserted one or more fingers into the client’s vagina. Taylor then reportedly used his other hand to rub the outside of her vagina at the same time. In shock, the client firmly pressed her legs together and Taylor removed his hand off of her genitals but then moved one hand to the client’s right breast. The client then firmly pulled up the sheet indicating she was uncomfortable. Taylor then abruptly ended the massage. 

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. Mr. Taylor willfully abused his position as a massage therapist to sexually violate a woman who trusted him to act professionally and within the boundaries of generally accepted massage therapy and treatment. Taylor’s violation of the massage therapist-patient relationship indicates that he lacks the good moral character and judgment necessary to safely practice massage therapy. Therefore, he is prohibited to perform massage therapy on any female client in the state of Florida.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault lawsuits against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at various 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.

Keonte Mcknight Horowitz Law

Sarasota Massage Envy Therapist Keonte Mcknight Gets License Restricted for Sex Assault Complaint

On July 1, 2022, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) filed an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of Keonte Mcknight in response to a report of sexual misconduct during a massage he performed while working at Massage Envy in SarasotaThe Order prohibits Mcknight from practicing massage therapy on female clients in the state of Florida. Mcknight just became a licensed massage therapist in Florida in February 2022. Before becoming a massage therapist, Mcknight was a certified nursing assistant in 2017, but for some reason, the license expired in 2019 even though it was issued until 2023.

According to the Department of Health’s Emergency Order, on May 3, 2022, Keonte Mcknight performed a 1-hour massage on a 63-year-old female client at Massage Envy. During the massage, Mcknight rubbed the client’s upper thigh and in the crease between her leg and groin. As he got higher up the leg, the sheet became lifted off of the client’s vagina, leaving it exposed. As he massaged, he touched her clitoris and inserted one finger inside the client’s vagina. The client immediately say up and stated, “that was really personal.” Mcknight then moved back and apologized for “invading her personal space.”

The client then ended the massage, got dressed, and reported the incident to the receptionist. Massage Envy then reported it to law enforcement. This was not Mckinght’s first brush with the law. In 2018, Mcknight was charged with a second-degree felony for possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of marijuana (over 20g), but ultimately the charges were dropped. In 2019, Mcknight was charged for driving with a suspended license, yet again the charges were dropped.

Keonte Mcknight Allegedly Violated the Massage Therapist-Patient Relationship

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. Mr. Keonte Mcknight willfully abused his position as a massage therapist to sexually violate a woman who trusted him to act professionally and within the boundaries of generally accepted massage therapy and treatment. Mr. Mcknight’s violation of the massage therapist-patient relationship indicates that he lacks the good moral character and judgment necessary 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 and various 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.

Ernesto Piloto Garcia Horowitz Law

Naples Massage Therapist Ernesto Piloto Garcia Gets License Restricted Due to Alleged Sexual Misconduct With High School Student

On June 28, 2002, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) issued an Emergency Order of the license of massage therapist, Ernesto Piloto Garcia, prohibiting his practice of 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 that allegedly occurred during a massage he performed while working at a Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa location in Naples, FLPiloto Garcia has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since February 2022. 

According to the Emergency Order, on April 3, 2022, Ernesto Piloto Garcia was assigned to perform a 60-minute massage on an 18-year-old female high school student at a Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa location in Naples.  During the massage, Piloto Garcia lowered the draping uncovering the client’s buttocks and thong underwear. Mr. Pilato Garcia massaged the teen’s upper thigh and reached over to touch her vagina. The client immediately pushed herself up, flipped over into a sitting position and Piloto Garcia then covered the client’s mouth and used his right hand to force her legs to wrap around his waist while continuing to touch the lips of her vagina. Her thong underwear exposed her vagina which Piloto Garcia was still touching. Piloto Garcia then attempted to kiss the teenager multiple times and the client repeatedly attempted to push Mr. Pilato Garcia off of her.

He finally left the room to allow the client to get dressed. Piloto Garcia returned to the room and would not let the client leave the massage room until the set time for the massage expired. Garcia stated that he did not want people (staff) to know the massage ended early. Pilato Garcia stated, ” if I (Mr. Pilato Garcia) keep my mouth shut, and you (the client) leave your mouth shut, then this shouldn’t be a problem at all.”  The client was in shock at what just transpired. The 18-year-old felt violated, scared, and unsafe. She then reported the incident to law enforcement.

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. Mr. Ernesto Piloto Garcia willfully abused his position as a massage therapist to sexually violate a woman who trusted him to act professionally and within the boundaries of generally accepted massage therapy and treatment. Piloto Garcia’s violation of the massage therapist-patient relationship indicates that he lacks the good moral character and judgment necessary 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 Hand and Stone and various 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.

Paul Mixon Horowitz Law

Massage Envy Therapist Paul Mixon Disciplined for Sex Assault Complaint

On June 16, 2022, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) filed an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of Paul Mixon in response to a report of sexual misconduct during a massage he performed while working at Massage Envy in Sanford, FLThe Order prohibits Mixon from practicing massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida. Mixon has been licensed as a massage therapist in Florida since November 2019.

According to the Department of Health’s Emergency Order, on May 12, 2022, Paul Mixon was assigned to perform a 2-hour massage on a 43-year-old female client at Massage Envy. Mr. Mixon had previously worked on the client multiple times to release stress in her pectoral muscles. During the last massage, the client laid on her back with her chest covered by a sheet.

Mixon began the massage, rubbed the patient’s jaw, and then moved to her pectorals. Upon completing the pectoral massage, Mr. Mixon pinched her nipples. Mr. Mixon moved to the client’s left side, removed the draping on her left leg, and began to massage the left leg in an upward motion. Mr. Mixon allegedly removed the draping from the client’s vaginal area and used a finger on his left hand to penetrate the client’s vagina.

The client immediately made an audible sound, which startled Mr. Mixon. He then placed his right hand on the client’s neck and squeezed it for her to stop. The client remained silent, closed her eyes, and removed Mixon’s hand from her neck. Mr. Mixon then removed his finger from the patient’s vagina and completed the massage as if nothing happened.

After the massage ended, the victim got dressed and exited the room. On or about May 16, 2022, the victim reported Mr. Mixon’s conduct to the Sanford Police Department. Two days later, the victim reported the vaginal penetration to her doctor and complained that she was experiencing upper vaginal pain since the penetration. The victim was diagnosed with candida vulvovaginitis, a yeast infection, and prescribed medicine for it.

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. Mr. Paul Mixon willfully abused his position as a massage therapist to sexually violate a woman who trusted him to act professionally and within the boundaries of generally accepted massage therapy and treatment. Mr. Mixon’s violation of the massage therapist-patient relationship indicates that he lacks the good moral character and judgment necessary 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 and various 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.

Statute of Limitations for Sexual Abuse Horowitz Law

The Statute of Limitations For Sexual Abuse Reform Movement Marches On!

It’s official. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed House Bill 492, removing the statute of limitations for sexual abuse claims. It’s now the law of the land in Louisiana.

This means that those who were sexually victimized as children in that state – at any time, by anyone, can take an important step to help the wounded heal and help the vulnerable be safer, as they can now file a civil lawsuit. As defendants, they can also name both wrongdoers who perpetrate the abuse AND wrongdoers who enabled it; those who commit AND or concealed these awful crimes.

But that’s only part of the good news regarding archaic, arbitrary, and predator-friendly statute of limitations these days. More and more, our society and courts are expanding victims’ rights to expose predators and win compensation. Read on!

New York City has just enacted a civil window for those sexually abused or assaulted AS ADULTS! Those abused as adults also have expanded opportunities for justice in New Jersey.

Last year, Maine and the North Mariana Islands (a US territory in the western Pacific) became the latest jurisdictions to adopt a permanent revival statute of limitations for child sex crimes. (Vermont did as well in 2019.) Perhaps the first time, federal legislation has been introduced, giving states greater incentive to update and expand their child sex abuse laws. (Specifically, the measure would make states eligible for additional funding if they have ended the statute of limitations in sexual abuse for both civil and criminal cases.)

At the same time, fewer and fewer jurisdictions are upholding or honoring long-standing roadblocks that stand between survivors and justice. Only three states (Utah, Wisconsin, and Missouri) make it harder for abuse survivors to sue because they let churches hide behind the First Amendment (claiming that any abuse lawsuit inevitably interferes with their ‘freedom of religion’). TAKE NOTE: This doesn’t mean you have no hope for justice if you were victimized in these three states. It just means that your legal road is more challenging.

Only eight states still have some form of “charitable immunity,” another obstacle that makes legal action more difficult (though not impossible) for survivors. The Louisiana law merits some explanation. “Over the past year, the Catholic Church has repeatedly argued in Louisiana courts that some of the claims being brought under the lookback window are not valid,” according to one news outlet. Church officials argue that “the window only applies to abuse that has happened since 1993 because the language of the law references an older statute regarding child abuse that wasn’t enacted until 1993.” 

In other words, despite clear legislative intent to help survivors that were shut out of the legal process, the church hierarchy seized on a minor legal technicality to try and evade their duty to help survivors. Several Louisiana judges have ruled in different ways on this argument. That necessitated a second legislative vote that clarified the window. So, in the end, justice prevailed. But only after yet another fight initiated by Catholic bishops.

But now is the time to focus on – and circulate – the good news. Though it’s long overdue, policy-makers across the US are slowly showing greater sensitivity to the suffering and less deference to the powerful, at least in child sex abuse that happens in large institutions. So please spread the word: Though it’s almost always hard for survivors to speak up and seek justice, lawmakers and judges continue to make the journey forward less intimidating and difficult for those who do manage to reach out for help and take action.

We have reached a tipping point in society where sexual assault and abuse victims have become empowered in record numbers to share their stories, speak out, and hold perpetrators and others responsible for acts of sexual misconduct.  We have seen this trend emerge in many industries and institutions.  From the clergy sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church to the Boy Scouts, Hollywood moguls, celebrities, and powerful politicians, we have witnessed sexual misconduct exposed amid the collective strength of victims who refused to be silenced. Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault lawsuits on behalf of clients who have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery. 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.

Victor Martin Horowitz Law

South Florida Massage Therapist, Victor Martin, Arrested For Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Male Client

South Florida-based massage therapist, Victor Martin, was arrested Wednesday, June 8, 2022, for allegedly sexually assaulting another man during a booked at-home massage in October 2021. Martin, 30, has been a licensed massage therapist by the Florida Department of Health since 2011.

According to media reports, on October 31, 2021, a 30-year-old male booked a deep tissue massage through the Soothe app, which allows users to request the services of massage therapists in their homes. Martin was assigned to the case and arrived around 8:30 pm. Upon arrival, Martin set up a massage table in the living room and began the treatment. The client dosed off during the massage and woke up shortly after to Martin performing oral sex on him without his consent. The victim immediately jumped off of the table, ran to the kitchen, grabbed a knife, and ordered the man to leave.

He then called Miami-Dade police to report the incident. The victim also allegedly reported the crime to representatives of the Los Angeles-based Soothe app, which is marketed on Apple and Google Play as “the largest and most trusted on-demand wellness platform in the world.”

Detectives later identified the masseuse as Victor Manuel Martin, a resident of Broward County. Martin previously worked at Massage Envy. Martin was arrested and held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on a $10,000 bond where he faces a felony charge of sexual battery.

When clients schedule a massage, it is to decompress from the stresses of life or for rehabilitation. 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.  

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault lawsuits against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at various 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.