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Broward County Massage Therapist Jesse Crocker Sanctioned by Health Department

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On August, 2, 2021, the Florida Department of Health issued an Order of Emergency Restriction of Jesse Crocker’s license to work as a massage therapist following disturbing allegations that he sexually assaulted a female client.  Jesse Crocker has been a massage therapist in Florida since 2016. Jesse Crocker is prohibited from massaging female clients as a result of this Order.

The alleged sexual misconduct is reported to have occurred while Jesse Crocker was working as a massage therapist at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa at 1829 S. University Drive, Davie, FL 33324.  Crocker was previously employed at Massage Envy in Pompano Beach, FL.

According to the Florida Department of Health, on June 5, 2021, Jesse Crocker was assigned to massage a 25-year old woman.  During the massage, Mr. Crocker reportedly exposed the client’s breasts, removed her facial mask to kiss her, and placed the client’s hand on his exposed erect penis.  Mr. Crocker then allegedly reached under the sheet and placed his hand onto and massaged the client’s vaginal area.  Afterwards, Mr. Crocker allegedly stated, “I’m so sorry, I couldn’t control myself” and attributed his misconduct to “another form of stress relief.”  The client reported the incident to Hand & Stone that same day and canceled her membership.  Hand & Stone conducted an internal investigation and terminated Jesse Crocker’s employment.

The stresses of life can easily overwhelm us. When patients book a massage, it is to decompress and relax. The massage therapist-patient relationship is founded on mutual trust.  Clients trust that the massage therapists employed at a spa are carefully vetted and safe.   Any violation of that trust requires swift action, as it is both unacceptable and unlawful for a massage therapist to touch a patient in a sexual manner. 

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at massage parlors 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 at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

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Owner of Davie Jiu Jitsu School Arrested for Sexual Misconduct With Minors

Joao Walter Da Silva, the owner of a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school in Davie has been arrested for sexual misconduct involving two teenage girls.  Da Silva has been charged with three felony counts of lewd or lascivious molestation and one count of sexual assault on a minor.  He is currently being jailed without bond.   Mr. Da Silva , age 34, is the owner and instructor at Raiva Brazilian Jiu Jitsu located at 8234 W. State Road 84 in Davie, Florida.  Raiva Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has been in business since March 2015.

A 13-year-old girl told Davie police she took classes at the school for almost three years and had been sexually touched by Joao Da Silva about three times a week after class beginning when she was 10 years old.  Da Silva would reported touched her breast under her bra.   A 15-year-old girl, who was in the same class, told Davie police that she had also been similarly touched by Da Silva at the Jiu Jitsu school. Law enforcement is encouraging any other victims to report their incidents.  Hollywood Police Department is investigating the case of a 17-year old potential victim.

Sadly, it is not unheard of in the martial arts world for students to be coerced into having sex with an adult or to be propositioned to have sex in order to receive a martial arts promotion.  Some recent case include the following:

A Worcester County jury has found 26-year-old Zachariah Bennett guilty of sexually abusing three teenage girls while he was an instructor at Mitchell’s Martial Arts in Salisbury.

A martial arts instructor is accused of touching a 13-year-old girl inappropriately during summer camp in Fairfax County.

Four Accused Sue Taekwondo Champion Brothers for Alleged Sexual Abuse

Like other industries, the the martial arts community includes a full spectrum of people – good, bad, and those in between.  These are despicable acts and the offenders should be held accountable for their behavior, regardless of whether the offender is the business owner, main instructor, assistant instructor, or another student.

We have seen cases in which offenders intimidate victims to force their silence about the abuse or threaten to harm the victim or the victim’s family or a friend if they make a disclosure.  Impressionable students and parents of students under the age of 18 need to be aware of the methods offenders may use to exploit them.  This includes grooming in which the offender befriends and gains the trust and confidence of a child and his family before ultimately betraying that trust.  Understand that no child, or adult for that matter, is completely immune from becoming the prey of an abuser.

Horowitz Law is experienced representing children who are victims of sexual misconduct by coaches, trainers, and other adults involved in youth athletics and other youth programs.  If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped or sexually molested by a youth coach, team leader, team administrator or sports team member, contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

Massage Therapist Accused of Molesting Teenage Girl at Davie Spa

South Florida massage therapist Orlay Palacio was arrested on May 8, 2017 on charges that he molested a 17-year-old girl at a spa in Davie, Florida.  According to Davie police records, the teenage girl reported that Palacio, 29 years old, touched her vagina and breasts while she and her 18-year-old cousin were at the Massage & Stretch Center  located at 4663 South  University Drive in Davie for a massage appointment. Mr. Palacio is also the owner of Massage and Stretch center.

According to a police report, the girl claimed that Palacio told her to take off her clothes and lay face down on the massage table. “The victim stated that during the massage, Palacio would periodically touch her vagina and remove his hand like it was an accident,” Detective Zev Spiller wrote in the report.  Palacio told the girl to roll over so he could massage her upper chest, but instead he would touch her breasts and nipples in a sexual manner, Spiller wrote.  He later removed her underwear and tried to perform oral sex, but the girl said she “kept her legs closed and he stopped,” the report said.  The girl told police that Palacio also grabbed her hand and placed it on his now-exposed penis until he ejaculated.

The victim told police that “at no time did she allow Palacio to perform any type of sexual activity with her. She stated that she did not tell him to stop because she was alone and afraid,” according to the police report.

Palacio was taken into custody Monday while he was at work. Police said he refused to answer questions and asked for an attorney.  According to Florida Department of Health records, Palacio has been licensed as a massage therapist since 2009.

Attorney Adam Horowitz commented, “This is the latest in a long line of troubling incidents in which massage therapist reportedly committed sexual assault upon a female client.  During a massage, clients are in an extraordinarily vulnerable setting. They are often undressed in a dimly lit room with a complete stranger (often of the opposite sex) whom they are expected to trust while lying in a prone position and seeking a relaxing experience. We commend this young girl for having the courage to report this matter.”

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