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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.

Christopher Mankarious Horowitz Law

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.

Biltmore Hotel Massage Therapist Facing Criminal Charges

Oscar Ojeda Horowitz Law

Oscar Ojeda, the former lead massage therapist at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida is facing criminal charges after a female client reported that he touched her genitals during a massage in April, 2021. Oscar Ojeda, age 39, was charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery for incidents involving two separate clients.

According to law enforcement records, a woman came to the spa at the Biltmore Hotel for a deep tissue massage.  During the massage appointment, Ojeda groped her upper thigh and her genitals several times. After the massage ended, the woman reported the alleged sexual assault to the hotel staff.

However, according to police reports, this is not the first time a woman reported Ojeda’s sexual misconduct to Biltmore staff. Two other women accused the massage therapist of unwanted sexual touching during their massages in 2017 and 2020. Police say out of the three known allegations, prosecutors were only able to file charges in two of them due to statute of limitations.

In its response, the Biltmore Hotel released a statement, calling Ojeda a former employee. Ojeda, licensed in 2011, still has his license, as Florida’s Department of Health has not announced an update. 

Updates on Oscar Ojeda

After his surrender on May 13, the Coral Gables Police department transferred Oscar Ojeda to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, sources say. He was released on a $3,000 bond. His preliminary hearing will be on Nov. 3. 

All massage therapists in Florida are licensed by the Florida Department of Health. If your massage therapist makes any sexual contact with you, it is a violation of professional ethics and may be a crime.  In addition to reporting misconduct to law enforcement, if this incident occurs in Florida, you should also lodge a complaint with the Department of Health at this website: https://www.flhealthcomplaint.gov

If you have been a victim of sexual assault during a massage at any spa or massage business, 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

Palm Coast Social Worker Robert Batie Arrested, License Suspended After Allegedly Abusing Minor

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 Florida Department of Health Suspends Clinical Social Worker’s License After Sex Abuse Complaint

On October 13, 2021, Florida’s Department of Health ordered the emergency suspension of Robert Batie’s license to practice as a clinical social worker in state. The emergency suspension comes two months after Robert Batie was arrested and criminally charged on counts of molesting and raping a 16-year-old female client from Palm Coast, Florida.

“Mr. Batie’s conduct of sexually assaulting a minor patient under his care, who trusted him to act professionally and in their best interest, indicates that he is unable to practice as a clinical social worker with reasonable skill and safety to patients,” the Department of Health said in its emergency suspension order.   Given the nature of the abuse and Batie’s conduct, the Department of Health labeled Batie’s behavior “an immediate, serious danger to the public health” and decided against allowing him to keep his license with restrictions.

Factual Background

Robert Neal Batie Horowitz LawAt the time of the alleged assault, Robert Batie was a clinical social worker at Palm Coast Counseling, LLC., located at 1 Hargrove Grade, Unit A, Palm Coast, FL. Licensed since 2017, Batie says he has more than a decade’s worth of experience in the helping profession.

According to police records, the victim’s school referred the child to Palm Coast Counseling to treat generalized anxiety. Batie met with the alleged victim alone for approximately eleven sessions, each lasting about one hour. During those sessions, police reports indicate Batie engaged “in a course of conduct that could be interpreted as grooming.” Towards the end of the victim’s treatment with Batie, reports revealed that Batie spoke to the victim in a suggestive manner.  Florida’s Department of Health says Batie wrote in the treatment notes that the patient was dressed in a “seductive manner” a day before the assault.

Robert Batie’s Assault on the Victim and Attempted Concealment

On June 28, 2021, during the alleged victim’s last therapy session with Robert Batie before he began working at AZA Health in Palatka, Batie reportedly made inappropriate sexual comments and continued to escalate his sexual advances. Reports say Batie positioned himself behind the victim and asked her about her sexuality.

Batie also allegedly forced the victim to perform and receive oral sex. When the assault ended, Batie warned the victim not to tell anyone because Batie could get into “big trouble” since he was an adult and the patient was a minor. The alleged victim reported the assault to her guardians, who later reported the abuse to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. The alleged victim also preserved their underclothes and other garments and gave them to the police.

Robert Batie’s Charges and Subsequent Arrest

Robert Batie was arrested at his job in early August and subsequently charged with one count of sexual battery on a victim 12-18 by a person in custodial authority, two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, and one count of sexual misconduct by a psychotherapist.  According to law enforcement, Batie admitted to each act of unlawful sexual activity, as well as his awareness that the victim was a minor. Batie was later held at the Volusia County Branch Jail before his transfer to the Flagler County jail.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against medical professionals on behalf of patients who were inappropriately touched in their care.  Under no circumstances is a doctor or nurse permitted to have sexual contact with a patient.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery at a medical office or facility, 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.

 

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.