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Thomas Grasso Horowitz Law

Lawsuit Filed Against Titusville Business for Sexual Assault by Thomas Grasso

Horowitz Law has filed a lawsuit in Brevard County against Daly Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Titusville arising from an alleged sexual assault of a female patient by massage therapist, Thomas Gregory Grasso.  The lawsuit alleges that Daly Chiropractic and Wellness Center referred its patient to Grasso despite previously having received one or more reports that Grasso was sexually inappropriate toward female clients.

Grasso was arrested in December 2020 and charged by Titusville Police after multiple female clients of reported alleged incidents of sexual assault to law enforcement. During the initial battery investigation back in 2020, detectives found evidence that Grasso committed sex crimes against over 22 female clients/ Grasso has been a licensed massage therapist in the State of Florida since 1993.

According to the newest lawsuit, the alleged victim stated that she attended Dr. Daly’s Chiropractic Clinic located in Titusville, on September 10, 2020, for chiropractic treatment, followed by a 60-minute massage that was performed by Grasso. During the massage, Grasso exposed his penis and placed it in between the victim’s fingers. Grasso then placed his unclothed penis on the client’s hands, left arm, and feet several times throughout the massage. When the victim saw what Grasso was doing, she immediately got up in shock, dressed, and left the room. She ran out so fast, that she forgot her necklace. The victim then reported Thomas Grasso to the Titusville Police Department. Click here to view a copy of the newest lawsuit filed by Horowitz Law.

Following Grasso’s arrest in 2020, the Florida Department of Health ordered the emergency restriction of Grasso’s license for flagrantly disregarding the laws and regulations governing massage therapists. In May 2021, Grasso surrendered his license to practice massage therapy in Florida. Grasso was then charged with two counts of Sexual Battery, two counts of Battery, two Counts of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation of an Elderly Person, and one count of Aggravated Battery on a Pregnant Woman. He was arrested during a traffic stop and booked into the Brevard County Jail with a bond set at $96,000. Additional charges, 43 counts of battery and 14 counts of exposure of sex organs, were sent to the State Attorney’s Office for review.

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 on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at medical offices, 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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Orlando Massage Therapist Vladislav Dunaev Surrenders License After Arrest For Sexual Battery

Orlando massage therapist and owner of Modern Massage Mobile Spa, Vladislav Dunaev, surrendered his license to practice massage therapy in Florida, which was accepted and adjudged as a discipline on February 9, 2022, by the Board of Massage Therapy. Following a disciplinary action brought by the Florida Department of Health after his arrest and sexual battery charges, Dunaev agreed to cease practicing immediately and not re-apply for a massage therapist license in Florida. Dunaev has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since 2015.

A Final Order of discipline was entered following an arrest on sexual battery charges. According to the arrest affidavit, Dunaev was initially arrested in October 2020 after a complaint was made to Winter Garden Police by a female client that hired Dunaev to perform an in-home 90-massage while working (and the owner) of Modern Massage Mobile Spa on June 29, 2020. She has had massages by Dunaev at least two other times prior, but this was the first that they were alone in the room. The massage took place in her living room and the victim told the police that the massage began as usual with her topless but with underwear on and a sheet covering the front of her.

During the massage, Dunaev massaged her breasts and then moved his hands over her nipples making the client very uncomfortable. Dunaev massaged her inner thighs, grazing her labia on each side, causing her to shift her body. Vladislav continued by sliding his hand inside the client’s underwear and inserted one finger into her vagina. She immediately told Dunaev to stop and he replied with “Oh. I didn’t mean to”. He then moved to massage her feet but the client said “No, this is done”. Shortly after, Dunaev returned to her residence in an effort to try to explain what had occurred and offered the victim a free massage to which she refused. He told her that he thought it would provide her with “full relaxation.” She provided a sworn statement desiring prosecution. Dunaev was arrested on July 2, 2020, on sexual battery charges.

In June 2021, Dunaev was placed on the sex offender registry, and in August 2021, he violated his probation by accessing the internet when he was instructed not to do so as a registered sex offender until he completed a sex offender treatment program followed by a risk assessment.

The disciplinary order continues 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 the massage therapist and clients is strictly prohibited. 

Vladislav Dunaev violated the massage therapist-patient relationship. A massage therapist may not use his relationship with a client 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. He also then violed his probation.

Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched during a massage or spa service.  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 spa, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or e-mail sexual abuse lawyer, Adam Horowitz today.

Alan McCullough Massage Therapist

Destin Massage Therapist Alan McCullough Surrenders License After Arrest For Sexual Battery

Destin massage therapist, Alan McCullough, surrendered his license to practice massage therapy in Florida, which was accepted and adjudged as a discipline on February 9, 2022, by the Board of Massage Therapy. Following a disciplinary action brought by the Florida Department of Health alleging incidens sexual misconduct at three Destin massage spas, McCullough agreed to cease practicing immediately and not re-apply for a massage therapist license in Florida. McCullough has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since 2019. McCullough, a former Marine of 20 years, now is reported to be working at Walmart in Destin.

A Final Order of discipline was entered following an allegation of sexual misconduct made against McCullough when working at Massage Envy in Destin, and Eleos Professional Massage Therapy & Spa. According to the Order, McCullough was arrested in October 2020 on two battery charges for sexual acts he performed on two female clients at two different massage spas.

According to the Orders, the first incident occurred on November 24, 2019, at Massage Envy in Destin. 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. 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.

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.

The disciplinary order continues 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 the massage therapist and clients is strictly prohibited. 

Alan McCullough violated the massage therapist-patient relationship. A massage therapist may not use his relationship with a client 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. 

Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched during a massage or spa service.  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 at Massage Envy or any other spa, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or e-mail sexual abuse lawyer, Adam Horowitz today.

Jhonnie Ramirez Horowitz Law

Tampa Massage Therapist Jhonnie Ramirez Surrenders License After Arrest For Sexual Battery

Tampa massage therapist, Jhonnie Ramirez, surrendered his license to practice massage therapy in Florida, which was accepted and adjudged as a discipline on November 29, 2021, by the Board of Massage Therapy. Following a disciplinary action brought by the Florida Department of Health alleging sexual misconduct at Massage Envy, Ramirez agreed to cease practicing immediately and not re-apply for a massage therapist license in Florida. Ramirez has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since 2016.

A Final Order of discipline was entered following an allegation of sexual misconduct made against Ramirez when working at Massage Envy in Tampa, Florida. According to the Order, Ramirez was arrested on February 11, 2021, in Hillsborough County, for Felony Sexual Battery on a Person Eighteen (18) or Older. The arrest report by Tampa Police indicates that on November 20, 2020, Ramirez performed a massage on an 18-year-old female at a Tampa Massage Envy. (Location not disclosed)

During the massage, the victim was in and out of consciousness due to being extremely relaxed. The victim felt Ramirez pull her left leg to the side and then began to massage her calf. She noticed that Ramirez moved up to her upper leg and inner thigh. in which he then tugged at her underwear. She reported that Ramirez inserted two of his fingers inside her vagina. The victim immediately sat up, and Ramirez apologized and asked her not to tell anyone. 

Ramirez was asked multiple times to exit the massage room by the victim. When he finally did leave the room, the victim called a friend to pick her up. She then reported the incident to the front desk staff. 

According to the Criminal Arrest Affidavit, Ramirez admitted to the sexual abuse and even demonstrated how “he touched the victim’s vagina with his index and middle finger in a circular motion.” He admitted that his actions were unprofessional and claimed that he “got lost in the moment, as he was brought into the energy and feeling sexual.” Ramirez was terminated from his position at Massage Envy. Ramirez was found guilty and charged with a second-degree felony and is a registered sex offender.

The disciplinary order continues 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 the massage therapist and clients is strictly prohibited. 

Jhonnie Ramirez violated the massage therapist-patient relationship. A massage therapist may not use his relationship with a client 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. 

Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched during a massage or spa service.  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 at Massage Envy or any other spa, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or e-mail sexual abuse lawyer, Adam Horowitz today.

Morgan McGee Horowitz Law

Jacksonville Massage Therapist Morgan McGee Surrenders License After Admitting Sexual Misconduct

Jacksonville massage therapist, Morgan McGee, surrendered his license to practice massage therapy in Florida, which was accepted and adjudged as a discipline on November 29, 2021, by the Board of Massage Therapy. Following a disciplinary action brought by the Florida Department of Health alleging sexual misconduct at Essentials Massage & Facials of Baymeadows, McGee agreed to cease practicing immediately and not re-apply for a massage therapist license in Florida. McGee has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since 2016.

A Final Order of discipline was entered following an allegation of sexual misconduct made against McGee when working at Essentials Massage & Facials of Baymeadows, located at 9080 Golfside Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32256.  According to the Order, McGee self-reported that while performing a massage on a 35-year-old female client in June 2021, he groped her breasts, sucked on her nipples, and touched her vagina. McGee claimed that the encounter was consensual and that he paid for the massage. 

McGee’s personal Facebook page reveals a post from June 2021 stating, “It’s over gang. My Journey as A Manual Therapist is over. I am very sorry for letting all of you down.” It also lists his new business card as a Craniosacral Therapist.

The disciplinary order continues 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 the massage therapist and clients is strictly prohibited. 

Morgan McGee violated the massage therapist-patient relationship. A massage therapist may not use his relationship with a client 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. 

Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched during a massage or spa service.  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 at Essentials Massage & Facials of Baymeadows or any other spa, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or e-mail sexual abuse lawyer, Adam Horowitz today.

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Miami Beach Massage Therapist Christopher Mankarious Surrenders License After Sexual Misconduct Complaint

Miami Beach massage therapist, Christopher Mankarious, surrendered his license to practice massage therapy in Florida, which was accepted and adjudged as a discipline on November 29, 2021, by the Board of Massage Therapy. Following a disciplinary action brought by the Florida Department of Health alleging sexual misconduct at Lapis Spa, inside the Fontainebleau Hotel at 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Mankarious agreed to cease practicing massage therapy immediately and not re-apply for a massage therapist license in Florida. Mankarious has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since 2019 and also worked as an on-demand therapist with a mobile app, Soothe.

A Final Order of discipline was entered following an allegation of sexual misconduct made against Mankarious when working at Lapis Spa.  According to the media reports, the alleged victim was a guest at the hotel with her family in March 2021. She booked a 60-minute massage with Mankarious and changed into the robe provided. She stated that she doesn’t get massages often and didn’t know if it was customary to fully undress. Mankarious reportedly told the alleged victim to lie face down on the bed and that he would return shortly to start the massage.

The arrest report states that during the massage Mankarious moved his client’s body in a way that exposed her vagina, and then he penetrated her with his finger.  The report states Mankarious realized his client was upset and began to apologize repeatedly, tried to diffuse the situation, and resume the massage by placing his hands on the client’s shoulders. The alleged victim then said she wanted to stop the massage, and Mankarious left the room. She reported the incident to the spa and hotel staff, as well as the Miami Beach Police Department. Police said Mankarious was questioned about the incident by a manager and said, “My mind wasn’t clear. I misunderstood. I wasn’t in a clear state of mind.”  Detectives arrested Christopher Mankarious and charged him with sexual battery.  After initially invoking his right to remain silent, Mankarious reportedly volunteered that he grazed the victim’s vagina with his hand as he was massaging near her buttocks/thigh area.

The disciplinary order continues 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 the massage therapist and clients is strictly prohibited. 

Christopher Mankarious violated the massage therapist-patient relationship according to the Board of Massage Therapy. A massage therapist may not use his relationship with a client 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. 

Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched during a massage or spa service.  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 at Lapis Spa or any other spa, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or e-mail sexual abuse lawyer, Adam Horowitz today.

Jem Sirrine Horowitz Law

Southeastern University Athletic Trainer Jem Sirrine Surrenders License After Sexual Misconduct Complaint

Jem Sirrine, the former head athletic trainer at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, surrendered his license to work as an athletic trainer in the State of Florida on October 6, 2021 as part of a disciplinary proceeding before the Board of Athletic Training.  A Final Order of discipline was entered against Jem Sirrine following an allegation that Sirrine engaged in sexual misconduct when he was working with one of the female volleyball players at Southeastern University.

According to the Order, on November 9, 2020, a 23-year-old female sustained an injury to her left quad muscle while playing volleyball at the university. Jem Sirrine, athletic trainer at the time, took the student to the training room and placed heat on her injury. Sirrine then insisted that the injured student undergo Neuromuscular Electronic Stimulation (STIM) treatment for her leg. The student alleges that they entered the training room, and Sirrine instructed her to get on the bed with her feet facing the wall and her head facing the door. She claims that Sirrine stuck his hand inside her spandex and moved the spandex and her underwear to the side, exposing her vagina. Sirrine allegedly placed the STIM pad nowhere close to the injury site and then claimed the machine wasn’t working. Sirrine then removed the STIM pad and exposed the student’s vagina for the second time.  When the student attempted to exit the room, Sirrine was sitting in a “provocative” manner, possibly aroused. The injured student informed the coach of the volleyball team and a representative from Human Resources about the incident that had just occurred. After reporting the allegations to authorities, the student was informed that another similar incident  involving Sirrine and another female athlete had been previously reported. The student then immediately reported the incident to Lakeland Police Department for criminal investigation.

Pursuant to the disciplinary Order, Sirrine agreed to cease working as an athletic trainer immediately and not re-apply for an Athletic Trainer license in Florida. Jem Sirrine, age 45, had been a licensed athletic trainer in Florida since 2000. Sirrine recently re-located to Tennessee according to public records.

The disciplinary order continues a long and disturbing trend of sexual misconduct by athletic trainers and coaches at universities throughout the country. Under Florida law, athletic trainers occupy positions of trust, and all sexual activity between the trainer and client is strictly prohibited.   An athletic trainer may not use his relationship with a patient to induce or attempt to induce the patient to engage or to engage or attempt to engage tan athlete in sexual activity outside the scope of practice or the scope of generally accepted examination or treatment of the patient. 

Horowitz Law has handled numerous sexual misconduct claims on behalf of students and athletes.  If you have been a victim of sexual misconduct by Jem Sirrine or have any knowledge about such events at Southeastern University, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or e-mail sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz today.

Robert Maniaci Massage Therapist

Bonita Springs Massage Therapist Surrenders License After Sexual Misconduct Complaint

Bonita Springs massage therapist, Robert Maniaci, surrendered his license to practice massage therapy in Florida, which was accepted and adjudged as a discipline on September 3, 2021, by the Board of Massage Therapy. Following a disciplinary action brought by the Florida Department of Health alleging sexual misconduct at MassageLuxe Spa in Bonita Springs, Maniaci agreed to cease practicing immediately and not re-apply for a massage therapist license in Florida. Robert Maniaci, age 63, had been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since 2015.  Prior to relocating to Florida, Maniaci was a Chicago firefighter. He also performed massage therapy at Hair Gallery Salon and Day Spa in Cape Coral, FL.

A Final Order of discipline was entered following an allegation of sexual misconduct made against Maniaci when he was working at MassageLuxe Spa, located at 3300 Bonita Beach Rd., Suite 129, Bonita Springs, FL 34134.  According to the Order, on January 20, 2021, Maniaci performed a 60-minute massage to a 23-year-old female client. The client claims that during her massage, Maniaci inappropriately called her “babe” and “honey” during her session. She reported that Maniaci lifted her sheet, exposing her legs, and touched her vagina while massaging her inner thigh with his thumb. The client immediately left the room.  Maniaci was seen pacing in MassageLuxe spa after the alleged assault. An incident report was filed with Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

The disciplinary order continues 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 the massage therapist and clients is strictly prohibited. 

Maniaci allegedly violated the massage therapist-patient relationship. A massage therapist may not use his relationship with a client 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. 

Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched during a massage or spa service.  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 at MassageLuxe or any other spa, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or e-mail sexual abuse lawyer, Adam Horowitz today.

Andres Lopez Ramirez massage therapist

Orlando Massage Therapist Surrenders License After Multiple Sexual Misconduct Complaints

An Orlando area massage therapist, Andres Lopez Ramirez, surrendered his license to practice massage therapy in Florida, which was accepted and adjudged as a discipline after a Final Order of discipline was entered on September 3, 2021, by the Board of Massage Therapy. Following multiple disciplinary actions brought by the Florida Department of Health Board of Massage Therapy alleging sexual misconduct with multiple female client, Andres Lopez Ramirez agreed to cease practicing immediately and not re-apply for a massage therapist license in Florida. Lopez Ramirez has been a licensed massage therapist since March 2017.  Among other locations, Andres Lopez Ramirez had work at Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa of Lake Nona, South Park Chiropractic in Orlando, and J. Sterling’s Essential Spa in Winter Park.

On Friday, November 20, 2020, the Florida Department of Health ordered the emergency restriction of Andres Lopez Ramirez’s license, prohibiting his practice of massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida.  The Emergency Order was entered in response to four sexual misconduct complaints by clients at three different business locations. The incidents of sexual assault allegedly occurred at the Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa of Lake Nona, South Park Chiropractic in Orlando, and J. Sterling’s Essential Spa in Winter Park, FL.

According to media reports, in February 2020, Lopez Ramirez performed a full body massage on a 33-year old female client at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa of Lake Nona in Orlando.  The session started with her lying face down as usual. During the massage, he instructed her to turn over on her back. Laying face up, he failed to place the sheet high enough to cover her breasts, leaving them completely exposed according to the Order. He reportedly then began rubbing the woman’s breasts, without her consent, leaving her shocked and paralyzed with fear.  In early March 2020, Lopez Ramirez resigned from Hand & Stone of Lake Nona. On March 12, the woman went back to the spa and reported that he had touched her inappropriately during the massage.

In June 2020, Lopez Ramirez worked at South Park Chiropractic, when he treated a 52-year old woman he had seen multiple times in the past. The massage started as usual with her laying face down on her stomach. He began massaging her leg, with each stroke getting higher and higher until he reached her inner thigh. Lopez Ramirez allegedly went further and touched her vaginal area with his hand. He then grabbed her. The woman was stunned and just looked at him in shock. He left the room, she got dressed, paid for the massage, and quickly left.

On June 9, 2020, a 48-year old woman and her son arrived at South Park Chiropractic in Orlando for a massage booked prior to her readjustment appointment. She told Lopez Ramirez of the pain she was experiencing in her right arm and index finger and the sciatic pain on her left side. The massage started as usual with her laying face down. He started massaging her back, legs, and hips. He then allegedly adjusted her left leg but failed to re-secure the sheet leaving her vaginal area exposed. As he continued to massage her, he told her she was “very tense.” He then reportedly began to rub between her vagina and anus and over her pudendal nerve with his left thumb. The pudendal nerve is the main nerve of the perineum. It carries sensation from the external genitalia and the skin around the anus and perineum. Stunned, the woman froze initially, but due to his continued rubbing and stimulation of her nerve, her body started experiencing involuntary contractions. As she tensed up, he allegedly told her to “breathe through it.”  Lopez Ramirez then told her to turn over on her back. He covered her with the sheet but did not secure it. He massaged her shoulders, arms, and upper chest area. When he rotated her arm, the sheet fell exposing her breasts. When he finished the massage, he told her to see him again. She dressed and went to the waiting room until she was called to be seen by the chiropractor. When the chiropractor saw her, he asked if she was okay and requested she speak with him privately in the back room.  She started to cry and the chiropractor asked his wife to speak with her. The woman told her she was inappropriately touched during the massage and Lopez Ramirez was immediately fired. The woman reported the incident to Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

On September 26, 2020, a 66-year old woman booked a one-hour deep tissue massage at J. Sterling’s Essential Spa in Winter Park. As she lay face down, Andres Lopez Ramirez failed to secure the sheet covering her. While he massaged her legs, he spread them apart, making her uncomfortable. He then allegedly placed his hand between her legs and touched her vaginal area with his fingers. He asked, “Is this ok?” Shocked and feeling violated she said “no.” She turned over on her back, and he finished the session. When she dressed and left the room he told her she was tense and should continue to get more massages.

The disciplinary order continues 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 the massage therapist and clients is strictly prohibited. 

Lopez Ramirez allegedly violated the massage therapist-patient relationship multiple times. A massage therapist may not use his relationship with a client 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. 

Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched during a massage or spa service.  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 e-mail sexual abuse lawyer, Adam Horowitz today.

Barry Gould Horowitz Law

Fort Myers Beach Massage Therapist Surrenders License After Sexual Misconduct Complaint

Fort Myers Beach massage therapist, Barry Gould, surrendered his license to practice massage therapy in Florida, which was accepted and adjudged as a discipline on September 3, 2021, by the Board of Massage Therapy. Following a disciplinary action brought by the Florida Department of Health Board of Massage Therapy alleging sexual misconduct at Armando’s Day Spa, Gould agreed to cease practicing immediately and not re-apply for a massage therapist license in Florida. Barry Gould, age 71, had been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since 1997.  In a related criminal case, Gould confessed to law enforcement that he touched the victim’s vagina while she was nude, without her consent, during her massage.  The criminal case remains pending in Lee County, Florida.

A Final Order of discipline was entered following an allegation of sexual misconduct made against Barry Gould when he was working at Armando’s Day Spa, located at 2101 Estero Blvd Fort Myers Beach FL 33931. According to media reports, Gould was arrested in Lee County for sexual assault on these same charges in December 2020. Those criminal charges remain pending.  According to the criminal charges and Board of Massage Therapy Complaint, on December 19, 2020, Gould performed a massage on a 26-year-old female client. During the massage, Gould allegedly inserted two fingers partially inside his client’s vagina during the 60-minute massage without her consent. Gould was arrested the same day after the victim identified him in a lineup.  

The disciplinary order continues 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 the massage therapist and clients is strictly prohibited. 

Gould allegedly violated the massage therapist-patient relationship. A massage therapist may not use his relationship with a client 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. 

Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched during a massage or spa service.  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 at Armando’s or any other spa, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or e-mail sexual abuse lawyer, Adam Horowitz today.