HEALTH DEPARTMENT DISCIPLINES TITUSVILLE MASSAGE THERAPIST AFTER MULTIPLE SEXUAL MISCONDUCT REPORTS

HEALTH DEPARTMENT DISCIPLINES LONGTIME TITUSVILLE MASSAGE THERAPIST AFTER MULTIPLE SEXUAL MISCONDUCT REPORTS

On Friday, November 20, 2020, the Florida Department of Health ordered the emergency restriction of the license of massage therapist, Thomas Gregory Grasso.  The Emergency Order prohibits his practice of massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida.  The Emergency Order was entered in response to three sexual misconduct complaints by clients at Daly Family Chiropractic in Titusville. Grasso, reportedly a subcontractor there, has been a licensed massage therapist since January 1993. 

On June 25, 2020, Grasso, age 57, performed a full body massage on a 42-year old female client he had seen several times in the past at Daly Family Chiropractic.  During the massage, he placed something soft in her hands. She was not sure what it was but it felt awkward. The following month on July 20, the woman booked another session with Grasso. Again, he placed something soft in her hands. On August 17, in another session, while massaging her buttocks, Grasso moved his hands closer and closer to her vagina, and told her that her muscles were “super tight” multiple times. According to the Order, he then touched on and around her vaginal area with his hands. Again he reportedly placed something soft in her right hand. It was his penis, according to the Order.

On September 10, 2020, Grasso performed a massage on a 52-year old female client he had previously seen several times over a two month period at Daly Family Chiropractic. According to the Order, during the session, he exposed his penis and placed it in her hands. The woman was “terrified and mortified,” and reported the incident to the Titusville Police Department.

On September 28, 2020, Grasso performed a massage on a 59-year old female client he had previously seen several times over a five month period at Daly Family Chiropractic. According to the Order, during the session, she felt him touch her wrist and hand with something soft, that made her suspicious. The following month, on October 7, the woman returned for another session with Grasso. While massaging her, he reportedly removed his penis from his shorts and rubbed it one her.  The Order says he started masturbating and touched her back, shoulders and hair. He then reportedly asked her to turn over on her back. He proceeded to pull her hands and arms over her head and rubbed his penis on her hands and wrists. Disturbed by the incident, she reported it to the Titusville Police Department. He was arrested and charged with battery and exposure of a sexual organ.

According to the Department of Health, Grasso flagrantly disregarded the laws and regulations governing massage therapists by willfully violating the massage therapist-patient relationship.  The Order ensures he can no longer pose an immediate, serious danger to the public’s health, welfare and safety, pending a final hearing by the Department. 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 and spas on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched during a massage. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage by Thomas Grasso, 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.