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Massage Envy Therapist Ray Vontae Brown Arrested in Riverside for Sexual Battery of Client

Ray Vontae Brown, a massage therapist at Massage Envy in Riverside, California was arrested on October 15, 2019 on misdemeanor sexual battery charges.  According to law enforcement records, it is alleged that a female customer reported that Brown inappropriately touched her during a massage session.  The customer immediately reported the alleged incident to Massage Envy and then to law enforcement.  The sexual assault is alleged to have occurred at Massage Envy located at 19029 Van Buren Boulevard in Riverside.

Brown is twenty-three years old and has been a massage therapist since 2018.   Investigators have discovered a possible second victim.  Ray Vontae Brown is no longer employed with Massage Envy.  Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Riverside Police Department.

Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at Massage Envy.  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 at Massage Envy 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

 

MASSAGE ENVY IN ROYAL PALM BEACH TARGETED IN SEXUAL ASSAULT LAWSUIT

MASSAGE ENVY IN ROYAL PALM BEACH TARGETED IN SEXUAL ASSAULT LAWSUIT 

In recent years, Massage Envy has been the subject of multiple allegations of sexual assault of its female clientele. According to media reports, hundreds of clients — almost predominantly women — throughout the country have come forward reporting that they were sexually assaulted by massage therapists. Most recently, Horowitz Law has filed a lawsuit in Palm Beach County on behalf of an adult female client alleging that she was sexually assaulted in April 2018 by her massage therapist Juan Parra at the Massage Envy franchise in Royal Palm Beach, Florida.

The lawsuit alleges that during a massage appointment on April 2018, massage therapist Juan Pablo Parra made unsolicited sexual contact with his female client.  The Plaintiff claims that in the final minutes of the massage, the massage therapist placed both of his hands directly on her breasts and began massaging and grabbing them. He then began moaning and moving his hands down toward her vagina according to the Complaint.The lawsuit further alleges he put his hands directly on her genital area. State records show Jaun Parra’s license as a massage therapist expired in August 2019. The incident is alleged to have occurred at the Massage Envy located at 11021 Southern Boulevard, Suite 100, Royal Palm Beach, Florida 3341.  Notably, Parra has been publicly accused of sexual misconduct by a total of three Massage Envy clients.

Horowitz Law has filed dozens of sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at Massage Envy and other spas and resorts.  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, 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.

 

Dept of Health Files Complaint Against Tampa Massage Therapist Alleging Sexual Misconduct

The Florida Department of Health filed an Administrative Complaint on August 8, 2019 accusing massage therapist Alexander Aden of committing sexual misconduct with a female client during a massage therapy appointment.  The incident is alleged to have happened at the Massage LuXe located at 1706 South Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa, Florida.  In recent years, several massage therapists working at Massage LuXe locations throughout Florida have been cited for alleged sexual misconduct.

Alexander Aden has been licensed as a massage therapist since July 2016.  According to the Complaint, during the massage,Aden removed his client’s panties and rubbed her vagina.  He is then alleged to have have placed his client’s hand on his clothed penis.  Removing a patient’s panties, rubbing a patient’s vagina, and placing a patient’s hand on a therapist’s clothed penis are outside the scope of practice of massage therapy.

All sexual activity involving a massage therapist and client is strictly prohibited in Florida.  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 these circumstances,
massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy and must refrain from placing their clients in situations that violate their safety and welfare.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted at Massage LuXe or any other massage location, please call our office at 1-888-283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your legal options.

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Jacksonville Massage Therapist Disciplined by Dept of Health Due to Alleged Sexual Misconduct

The Florida Department of Health issued an Emergency Order on August 5, 2019 restricting the license of massage therapist Anthony Nicholas Green in response to an allegation that he sexually assaulted a female client.  The incident is alleged to have occurred at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Jacksonville, Florida.  In recent years, massage therapists working at Hand & Stone locations throughout Florida have been cited repeatedly for alleged sexual misconduct.

Anthony Green has been licensed as a massage therapist since 2014.  According to the Emergency Order, Anthony Green  inserted his ginger into his client’s vagina without her consent during the massage appointment. The Emergency Order states Anthony Green’s sexual misconduct “constitutes an immediate, serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the citizens of the State of Florida.”  As a result of the Order, Green may not practice massage therapy on female clients.

All sexual activity involving a massage therapist and client is strictly prohibited in Florida.  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 these circumstances,
massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy and must refrain from placing their clients in situations that violate their safety and welfare.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa or any other massage location, please call our office at 1-888-283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your legal options.

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Department of Health Restricts Hand and Stone Massage Therapist Due to Alleged Sexual Misconduct

The Florida Department of Health issued an Emergency Order on May 24, 2019 restricting the massage therapy license of Bernard Torres in response to female clients reporting Torres engaged in sexual misconduct during massage appointments.  The incidents were reported to have occurred at Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa, a massage establishment in Jacksonville.

The Department of Health found that Torres’ “unrestricted ability to provide massage services to female clients constitutes an immediate, serious danger to the health, safety, and welfare of the public.”  Bernard Torres has been licensed as a massage therapist in Florida since 2005.  Prior to this incident Torres was employed as a “lead massage therapist” at Hand and Stone in Jacksonville

According to the Department of Health’s Emergency Order, Torres was performing a massage on D.R., a 61 year old female 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.

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 these circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy.   Incidents such as this are a reminder that persons who may commit sexual misconduct work in all industries, even professions in which we typically place our blind trust.  All allegations of sexual abuse must be thoroughly investigated by law enforcement and employers must be especially vigilant in supervision and protection at all times.

Attorney Adam Horowitz is experienced in handling claims nationwide on behalf of victims of sexual assault by massage therapists, including at Hand and Stone and other national chains, spas, and hotels. You can reach Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com or call our law firm at (954) 641-2100.

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Massage Luxe Employee Found Guilty of Inappropriately Touching Client During Massage in Bonita Springs

A Fort Myers, Florida jury found massage therapist Marc DeTomaso guilty of battery for violating a female customer during a massage in February 2017 at Massage Luxe in Bonita Springs.  The customer reported that DeTomaso forced his face between her legs and performed oral sex on her during the last five minutes of the massage appointment without her consent.  The victim reported the incident to Massage Luxe management who called the police. DeTomaso fled the spa before the police arrived.

The State Attorney presented evidence at trial that DNA matching DeTomaso was in a rape kit administered on the woman right after the incident. Judge Joseph Fuller sentenced DeTomaso to one year in jail, as well as court and medical costs associated with the victim’s exams.  DeTomaso, age 56, had been licensed as a massage therapist in Florida since 2000.  His massage therapy license was revoked by the Florida Department of Health in May 2018 on account of this incident.

Jurors heard testimony from the victim and another woman who filed a sexual misconduct complaint against DeTomaso about an encounter that occurred about a month before the February 2017 incident. That woman said she was inspired to notify authorities of the encounter when she saw on the news that DeTomaso was charged with sexual battery.

Sex abuse attorney Adam Horowitz is experienced in filing lawsuits on behalf of victims of sex assault by massage therapists, including at Massage LuXeIf you have a been a victim of sexual assault 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 sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com. 

 

 

Department of Health Brings Sexual Misconduct Claim Against Tampa Massage Therapist

The Florida Department of Health Board of Massage Therapy has filed an Administrative Complaint against massage therapist Louis Gay of Tampa accusing him of sexual misconduct with a female client.  According to the Complaint, the incident occurred on January 25, 2018 when Louis Gay was employed at Essentials Massage and Facial Spa located at 11782 North Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa.  The Complaint alleges that Louis Gay re-positioned his client’s draping to expose her breast and he then rubbed the center of her breasts with his hands.  It further states that he rubbed her nipples and cupped her breasts with his hands.

Florida law prohibits all sexual activity by any person employed in a massage establishment and says that no licensed massage therapist shall use the therapist-client relationship to engage in sexual activity.  The Board of Massage Therapy is seeking one or more of the following penalties on Louis Gay’s massage therapy license:   permanent revocation or suspension of Respondent’s license, restriction of practice, imposition of an administrative fine, issuance of a reprimand, placement of Respondent on probation, corrective action, refund of fees billed or collected, remedial education and/or any other relief that the Board deems appropriate.  Louis Gay has been licensed as a massage therapist in Florida since June 2017.  Gay has also performed massage therapy services at The Massage Spa in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Often times due to shock and fear of the sexual contact, a massage client will go into an involuntary “freeze response” to cope with the trauma of the assault.  This is a completely normal physiological response because the sexual contact is unexpected and the brain was previously attempting to go into a state of relaxation.  Due to the “freeze response”, a client sexually assaulted in the massage setting often fails to immediately scream for help or otherwise report an assault. Sometimes victims of sexual assault experience guilt or shame if they did not immediately stop the sexual contact or report it right away. The “freeze response” is a completely normal trauma response and the victims should not feel shame or guilt. It is never too late to report a massage therapist for sexual assault.

If you have a been a victim of sexual assault in a spa or during a massage at Massage Envy, Massage Luxe, Hand & Stone, Essential Massage or any other location offering 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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SEXUAL ABUSE LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST MASSAGE ENVY IN HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA

Horowitz Law has filed a lawsuit in Broward County Circuit Court against the the downtown Hollywood, Florida franchise of Massage Envy arising from an alleged incident of sexual misconduct by massage therapist Aitor Aizpurua at Massage Envy on July 14, 2018.  This Massage Envy franchise is located at 1640 Sheridan Street in Hollywood, Florida.

According to the client, she removed her clothing and covered herself with draping before her massage therapist came into the room.   The Complaint states that the therapist recommended a “Thai massage” to relieve tightness.  Moments later, she says he got on top of her.  The client stated, “I feel his body weight go forward on me, on my back. And then I feel his breathing, kind of like over my neck area. I feel him, just basically getting an erection over my tailbone. When I felt him get the erection, I knew something was wrong.”  The client was frightened at what would happen next but managed to escape from the therapist and quickly end the appointment.

The Florida Department of Health previously issued an Emergency Order on November 29, 2018 restricting the massage therapy license of Aitor Aizpurua.  The Emergency Order was issued in response to this same woman’s sexual misconduct claim.  He has been licensed as a Massage Therapist in Florida since 2017 according to the Department of Health website.

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

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

 

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Department of Health Alleges Sexual Misconduct by Therapist at The Standard Spa in Miami Beach

The Florida Department of Health has issued an Emergency Order on October 29, 2018 restricting the massage therapy license of Marco Davila alleging he committed sexual misconduct complaint on two female clients at The Standard Spa in Miami Beach.   The Standard Spa is located at 40 Island Avenue in Miami Beach at the Standard Hotel.   As a result of the Emergency Order, Marco Davila may not practice massage therapy on female clients.  Davila has been licensed as a massage therapist in Florida since February 2017.

According to a Complaint filed by the Department of Health, on January 1, 2018, Davila performed a massage on a patient M.H., an adult female, at the Standard.  During the massage, Davila allegedly exposed patient M.H.’s breasts and vagina, without her consent.  He then rubbed patient M.H.’s breasts without her consent.  He also attempted to touch Patient M.H.’s vagina with his hand, without her consent, according to the Complaint.   On May 22, 2018, Davila performed a massage on patient M.M., an adult female, at the Standard.  During the massage, Davila exposed Patient M.M.’s breasts and vagina, without her consent.  Davila also rubbed Patient M.M.’s breasts and nipples, without her consent, according to the Complaint.

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, Adam Horowitz has represented multiple victims of a single massage therapist.  It is often the case that after one client comes forward with her account that 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.

Hollywood Massage Therapist’s License Restricted Due to Alleged Sexual Misconduct

The Florida Department of Health has issued an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of Aitor Aizpurua of Massage Envy in downtown Hollywood, Florida.  The Emergency Order was issued in response to a female client’s sexual misconduct claim.  Aizpurua is accused of committing sexual misconduct at the Hollywood Massage Envy during an appointment on July 14, 2018.  He has been licensed as a Massage Therapist in Florida since 2017 according to the Department of Health website.

According to the Order, a female patient presented to Massage Envy with upper body pain. The patient
provided written consent for her upper body to be massaged, but did not consent for her lower body to be massaged.  Mr. Aizpurua was assigned to perform a massage on the patient.  During the session, Mr. Aizpurua complimented the patient’s physical appearance and her skin.  Mr. Aizpurua told the patient that he was going to try some “Thai message”’. techniques on her to assist with her pain.  Such techniques were not offered by Massage Envy, nor considered acceptable for its employees to perform.  While the patient was lying face down on the message table, Mr. Aizpurua climbed up on the table and positioned his body on top of hers.  While performing the “Thai massage” techniques, Mr. Aizpurua pressed his penis against the patient’s back and it became erect.  The patient felt Mr. Aizpurua’s erection pressing against her back.  Mr. Aizpurua continued to perform the “Thai massage” techniques on the patient after his penis became erect, and did not disengage from the massage or leave the room.  The patient felt uncomfortable about Mr. Aizpurua’s behavior and told Mr. Aizpurua that she did not want to be face down anymore.  Mr. Aizpurua then got down off the table and began to massage the patient’s inner thigh, without her consent.  After massaging the patient inner thigh, Mr. Aizpurua quickly massaged her head and then ended the massage.  Although the patient paid for a full hour massage, it lasted only a
few minutes.  The patient reported the incident to the manager of Massage Envy.  The same day, Massage Envy terminated Mr. Aizpurua’s employment due to his inappropriate behavior.

Patients 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 these circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely and professionally practice massage therapy. Massage therapists must also practice according to the standard of care established for their profession.

All massage therapists in Florida are licensed by the Florida Department of Health.  Other states have similar licensing boards.  If your massage therapist ever makes any sexual contact with you, it is a violation of professional ethics and may be a crime.  It could also provide the basis for a civil lawsuit against the spa or employer of the therapist.  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 a been a victim of sexual assault 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 sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com