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Jacksonville’s Bernard Torres Surrenders Massage License Following Sexual Misconduct Complaint

Bernard Torres, a Jacksonville massage therapist, surrendered his license to practice massage therapy in Florida, which was accepted and adjudged as a discipline on May 14, 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 Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa, Torres agreed to cease practicing immediately and not re-apply for a massage therapist license in Florida. Bernard Torres had been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since 2005.

A Final Order of discipline was entered following an allegation of sexual misconduct made against Torres when he was working at Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa in Jacksonville, Florida.  According to the Department of Health’s Emergency Order, Torres was performing a massage on a 61-year-old female client on March 21, 2019.  While the patient was face-up, Torres moved the draping down to her hips exposing the client’s breasts without her consent. He then is alleged to have brushed his hands over the breasts several times and massaged her between the breasts.  The patient reported this activity to the managers of Hand and Stone as well as the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.  Prior to this alleged incident, Torres had been warned by Hand and Stone when a different female patient alleged that Torres exposed her breasts during a massage after numerous attempts to pull the draping up. An Emergency Order was entered in May 2019, which restricted his massage license to practice on male clients only. 

The disciplinary order continues a long and disturbing trend of sexual misconduct by massage therapists statewide, including numerous employees of Hand & Stone franchises. Under Florida law, massage therapists occupy positions of trust, and all sexual activity between the massage therapist and clients is strictly prohibited. 

Torres 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 at Hand & Stone Spa.  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 Hand & Stone or any other spa, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

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Winter Springs’s Alexander Hyman Surrenders Massage License Due to Alleged Sexual Misconduct

Winter Springs massage therapist, Alexander Hyman, surrendered his license to practice massage therapy in Florida, which was accepted and adjudged as a discipline on May 14, 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 Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa, Hyman agreed to cease practicing immediately and not re-apply for a massage therapist license in Florida. Alexander Hyman had been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since 2016.

Final Order of discipline was entered following an allegation of sexual misconduct made against Alexander Hyman when he was working at Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa, located at 5641 Red Bug Lake Road, Winter Springs, FL 32708.  On June 1, 2019, Hyman performed a massage on a 27-year-old female client. During the massage, Hyman allegedly touched her vaginal area when massaging her inner thighs and buttocks. An Emergency Order was entered in January 2020, which restricted his massage license to practice on male clients only. 

The disciplinary order continues a long and disturbing trend of sexual misconduct by massage therapists statewide, including numerous employees of Hand & Stone franchises. Under Florida law, massage therapists occupy positions of trust, and all sexual activity between the massage therapist and clients is strictly prohibited. 

Hyman 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 at Hand & Stone Spa.  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 Hand & Stone or any other spa, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT DISCIPLINES ORLANDO MASSAGE THERAPIST AFTER MULTIPLE SEXUAL MISCONDUCT REPORTS

HEALTH DEPARTMENT DISCIPLINES ORLANDO MASSAGE THERAPIST AFTER MULTIPLE SEXUAL MISCONDUCT REPORTS

massage sexual lawyerOn Friday, November 20, 2020, the Florida Department of Health ordered the emergency restriction of the license of massage therapist, Andres Lopez Ramirez, 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.  Lopez Ramirez has been a licensed massage therapist since March 2017. 

In February 2020, Lopez Ramirez performed a full body massage on a 33-year old female client he had seen several times in the past 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 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, 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 woman went to speak with the receptionist, who was with other clients. When asked if she wanted to leave a tip she said no and would call her from the privacy of her car. Once in her car, she started crying. She told the receptionist that Lopez Ramirez had touched her inappropriately during the massage. The receptionist said she would tell the manager. When the manager confronted Lopez Ramirez, he denied the accusation. He was fired. When the woman got home she told her family and friends what had happened. She then reported the incident to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. 

According to the Department of Health, Lopez Ramirez flagrantly disregarded the laws and regulations governing massage therapists by willfully violating the massage therapist-patient relationship.  The Order ensures he can no longer pose an immediate, serious 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 inappropriately touched at Hand & Stone 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.

MIAMI MASSAGE THERAPIST ANTONIO RESTREPO DISCIPLINED FOR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH RESTRICTS LICENSE OF HAND AND STONE MASSAGE THERAPIST ANTONIO RESTREPO 

On Thursday, October 29, 2020, the Florida Department of Health ordered the emergency restriction of the license of Hand & Stone massage therapist, Antonio Restrepo, prohibiting his practice of massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida.  The Emergency Order was entered in response to a sexual misconduct complaint by a client.  The sexual assault is alleged to have occurred at the Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa located in Miami. Antonio Restrepo, age 50, has been a llicensed massage therapist in Florida since April 2018

On September 17, 2020, Restrepo performed a full body massage on a female client. In the last five minutes of the massage, while she was lying face up, he allegedly rubbed the woman’s breast for one to two minutes and then began to touch her nipples. She immediately told him to stop the massage and leave the room. According to the Order, he then apologized, said he thought she was a beautiful woman, and left the room.

The woman states that she did not consent to Restrepo touching her breasts and nipples. She reported the incident to Hand and Stone later that day. When confronted, Restrepo said, “I did something wrong.”

According to the Department of Health, Restrepo flagrantly disregarded the laws and regulations governing massage therapists by willfully violating the massage therapist-patient relationship.  The Order ensures he can no longer pose an immediate, serious 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 assault lawsuits against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were sexually assaulted during massages at Hand and Stone 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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Naples massage therapist accused of sexual misconduct disciplined by the Florida Department of Health 

On January 15, 2020, the Florida Department of Health accepted the voluntary relinquishment of Carlos Ysrael Ramos’ license to practice massage therapy in the state of Florida. It is accepted as a resolution to sexual misconduct complaints at two spa locations, and will be reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank as a disciplinary action. Ramos agreed to never re-apply for a massage therapist license in Florida again. 

Ramos was a licensed massage therapist from Naples. In February 2016, he was accused of sexually assaulting a 54-year-old female client at Hyatt Stillwater Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida.  During the massage, Ramos made inappropriate comments about her body. He removed the sheet exposing the woman’s buttocks without her consent. He then inappropriately massaged her inner thighs, buttocks and anus.

In April 2018, a second complaint of sexual misconduct was reported by another woman when Ramos worked at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Naples. According to the woman, she fell asleep while Ramos was massaging her legs. When she woke up, she found him rubbing her groin area with his fingers on or near her vagina. When she moved, he continued massaging her legs. She fell asleep again while Ramos massaged her neck and back. She awoke to find her body completely exposed with Ramos massaging in between her buttocks with his fingers. Again, when she moved, he continued massaging her legs.

When clients go for a massage, it is to decompress from the stresses of life and relax. They trust that the massage therapists employed at the spa are carefully vetted and safe. It is unacceptable 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 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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Jacksonville Massage Therapist Disciplined by Dept of Health Due to Alleged Sexual Misconduct

The Florida Department of Health issued an Emergency Order on August 5, 2019 restricting the license of massage therapist Anthony Nicholas Green in response to an allegation that he sexually assaulted a female client.  The incident is alleged to have occurred at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Jacksonville, Florida.  In recent years, massage therapists working at Hand & Stone locations throughout Florida have been cited repeatedly for alleged sexual misconduct.

Anthony Green has been licensed as a massage therapist since 2014.  According to the Emergency Order, Anthony Green  inserted his ginger into his client’s vagina without her consent during the massage appointment. The Emergency Order states Anthony Green’s sexual misconduct “constitutes an immediate, serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the citizens of the State of Florida.”  As a result of the Order, Green may not practice massage therapy on female clients.

All sexual activity involving a massage therapist and client is strictly prohibited in Florida.  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 and must refrain from placing their clients in situations that violate their safety and welfare.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa or any other massage location, please call our office at 1-888-283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your legal options.