Tag: David Nazario

Florida Massage Therapists Lose License Due to Sexual Misconduct Complaints

Four licensed massage therapists in Florida have lost their license following disciplinary actions brought by the Florida Department of Health Board of Massage Therapy alleging sexual misconduct. In each instance, the massage therapist elected to relinquish the license in response to an investigation.  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 massage therapist and clients is strictly prohibited.

Two of the accused massage therapist had been employed and Hand and Stone Spa locations.

(1) Carlos Amador of Hand and Stone Massage in Naples – A Final Order of discipline was entered on April 30, 2018 against his license (which has been voluntarily relinquished) following an allegation that he touched the vagina and breasts of a 28-year old client multiple times during the massage.  Carlos Amador admitted to the sexual misconduct.

(2) David Nazario of Hand and Stone Massage in Orlando A Final Order of discipline was entered on April 30, 2018 against his license (which has been voluntarily relinquished) following an allegation that he exposed the breasts and touched the vagina of a 41-year old client during a massage.

(3) James A. Russell of Massage Delray in Delray Beach  A Final Order of discipline was entered on April 30, 2018 against his license (which has been voluntarily relinquished) following an allegation that he put his fingers inside the vagina of a female client during a massage.

(4)  Brandi C. Hill of Brooksville –  A Final Order of discipline was entered against his license (which has been voluntarily relinquished) after Hill was arrested for two counts of felony unlawful sexual activity with a minor.  The arrest report from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office indicates on two separate occasions between May 8, 2017 and June 26, 2017, Hill provided a minor with alcohol and marijuana; then inserted a vibrator and a dildo into D. M.’s vagina. Both incidents occurred at Hill’s residence in Brooksville.

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

 

Sex Assault Complaint Leads to Emergency Restriction on License of Orlando Massage Therapist from Hand and Stone

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has issued an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of David Nazario on July 17, 2017.  According to the DOH, Nazario sexually assaulted a 41-year old female client at a Hand and Stone franchise in Orlando, Florida in May 2017.  During a massage appointment, Nazario reportedly lowered the draping to expose his client’s genitals and then touched her vaginal area and breasts without her consent.  The DOH Order stated that “Nazario 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.”  As a result of the Order, Nazario is prohibited from practicing massage therapy on female clients pending a final disciplinary hearing.  Nazario has been licensed as a massage therapist since February 2016.

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.

Aattorney Adam Horowitz is experienced in handling claims nationwide on behalf of victims of sexual assault by massage therapists, including at Massage Envy 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.