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Destin Massage Therapist Disciplined for Alleged Sexual Misconduct

DESTIN MASSAGE THERAPIST FACES MULTIPLE SEXUAL MISCONDUCT COMPLAINTS

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On December 17, 2020, the Florida Department of Health ordered the emergency restriction of the license of massage therapist, Alan Joseph McCullough, prohibiting his practice of massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida. The Emergency Order was entered in response to multiple sexual misconduct complaints by female clients that allegedly occurred at two different massage spas in 2019 and 2020. McCullough has been a licensed massage therapist since 2019. 

According to the Order, the first incident that was the subject of the discipline occurred on November 24, 2019, at Massage Envy (34904 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Suite 132, Destin, Florida) Alan McCullough performed a 90-minute full-body massage on a 42-year old female client visiting from Texas. The client complained that Mr. McCullough allegedly made her uncomfortable during her massage. She stated that Mr. McCullough fondled her breasts, flicked and pinched both nipples while lying on her back with a sheet covering her. The victim reported the incident to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office that same day.

On September 14, 2020, Mr. McCullough performed a massage on a 25-year old female client at ELEOS Professional Massage and Spa (3997 Commons Dr. W., Destin, Florida). She complained that when she was lying on her back, McCullough allegedly massaged her upper thighs and then placed two fingers over her underwear and rubbered her vaginal area three times before she sat up and told him to stop. She then got dressed and reported the incident to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office that same day. McCullough was arrested and charged with two counts of battery.

McCullough’s alleged violation of the massage therapist-patient relationship indicates that Mr. McCullough may lack the good moral character and judgment necessary to practice massage therapy. According to the Department of Health, McCullough willfully abused his position as a massage therapist by inappropriately touching and sexually violating women who trusted him to act professionally and within the boundaries of generally accepted massage therapy and treatment.

The Order ensures he can no longer pose a 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 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 on behalf of clients who were sexually assaulted at massage businesses, 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.

DESTIN MASSAGE THERAPIST ARRESTED ON TWO COUNTS OF BATTERY ON CLIENTS

DESTIN MASSAGE THERAPIST ARRESTED ON TWO COUNTS OF  BATTERY ON CLIENTS

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A massage therapist in Destin, Florida has been arrested on two battery charges for sexual acts he allegedly perpetrated on two female clients at two different massage spas. According to a news release from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Alan McCullough, age 60, allegedly fondled the breasts of one woman who was visiting from Texas, during a massage at a business located on Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin. She reported the incident in November 2019. McCullough denied the allegation and the case was closed because there were no witnesses to the incident.

More recently, in September 2020, a 25-year-old college student from Tennessee reported to police that massage therapist Alan McCullough inappropriately touched her between the legs. This time, he was reportedly working at a different massage business on Commons Drive in Destin. Again, McCullough denied any wrongdoing.

Following McCullough’s arrest on two separate counts of battery, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office stated that “separate accusations under similar circumstances reveals a pattern of conduct of unauthorized touching that no reasonable person would conclude is consistent with a legitimate therapeutic massage.”  Alan McCullough has been licensed a massage therapist in Florida since April 2019 according to pubic records. McCullough’s bio on LinkedIn claims he was an assistant manager at Walmart in Destin and previously served in the Navy for 26 years.

When clients book 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.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at spas and resorts throughout the State of Florida. 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.