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Fort Lauderdale Massage Therapist Has License Restricted Due to Alleged Sexual Misconduct

On August 30, 2018, the Florida Department of Health issued an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of Sandro Moliere, who had last been working at Hand & Stone Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  The Order prohibits Moliere from performing massage therapy on female client.  In the Order, Moliere is accused of making unwanted sexual contact with two female clients at Hand & Stone.  The Department of Health asserts that Moliere therefore represent an “immediate, serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public.”  According to Department of Health records, Sandro Moliere has been licensed as a massage therapist since October 2017.

At Hand & Stone in Fort Lauderdale, Moliere is reported on June 18, 2018 to have removed the underwear of a female client and then removed the draping covering his client’s breasts without her client’s consent.  He then allegedly massaged her breasts in a circular motion.  Moliere’s employment at Hand & Stone was terminated on June 22, 2018 on account of this incident. Thereafter, on July 15, 2018, another female client reported to Hand & Stone that Moliere massaged her breasts without her consent.

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.  Sadly, we see far too many cases in which massage therapists fail to exercise good judgment and betray the trust they are given.

Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at Hand & Stone Spa locations.  A massage therapist is never permitted to have sexual contact with a client.  If you have a been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage at Hand & Stone Spa or any other spa location, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm for a free consultation at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz  at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

License of Naples Hand & Stone Massage Employee Restricted After Sexual Assaults Reported

The Florida Department of Health has issued an Emergency Order preventing Carlos Ramos from practicing massage therapy on any female clients.  The Order was issued after Ramos, a licensed massage therapist, was accused by two female clients of sexual misconduct.  Ramos had worked until April 2018 at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa (“Hand & Stone) in Naples, Florida.  Ramos had previously worked at the Stillwater Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point.  According to the Department of Health, Ramos had been licensed to practice massage therapy since 2012.

This is not the first time a massage therapist of Hand & Stone in Naples has been disciplined by the Florida Department of Health for sexual misconduct.  On April 27, 2018, massage therapist Carlos Amador relinquished his license after the Department of Health accused him of sexual misconduct with a 28-year old female client during an incident on May 24, 2017

According to the Emergency Order, Ramos was first accused of sexual misconduct after a February 21, 2016 appointment at the Stillwater Spa at the Hyatt Regency when he touched the vagina of a client exposed her buttocks and intergluteal cleft.  The incident was reported to the manager of the Spa.  Ramos later worked at Hand & Stone in Naples.  According to the Emergency Order, during an appointment on April 8, 2018 at the the Stillwater Spa, Ramos massaged a different female client between her buttocks with his fingers.  She reported the incident to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

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.

Attorney Adam Horowitz 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.  A massage therapist is never permitted to have sexual contact with a client.  If you have a 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 (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

Sexual Assaults by Massage Therapists

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Massage Therapy is a billion dollar industry with one in four adults having had a massage within the past year.  Countless people go to spas, hotels, and other locations to receive a massage for relaxation, pain relief, detox, or therapy. Unfortunately, there are an extraordinary number of incidents of sexual assault in the massage therapy setting. In recent years, there have been well-publicized complaints and lawsuits alleging sexual assaults by massage therapists in the spa setting. These incidents have occurred in locations ranging from large national chains such as Massage Envy, MassageLuxe, and Hand & Stone to luxury hotel spas to smaller storefront spas. Sadly, the perpetrators of these assaults are often repeat offenders and prey on the vulnerability of their clients who are seeking relaxation.

Sexual abuse in the massage therapy setting is among the most traumatic and under-reported of all forms of sexual assault. Massage therapists in most states are licensed and regulated by the Department of Health or Board of Massage Therapy. No massage therapist should ever make contact with your genital area or breasts. Indeed, sexual contact between massage therapists and clients is strictly prohibited under professional ethics and licensing rules as well as criminal law in most states.  During a massage, clients are in an extraordinarily vulnerable setting. They are often undressed in a darkened 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. Given these circumstances, the massage therapist is actually aided in his commission of the assault by virtue of the conditions of his employment and his status as a licensed massage therapist.  The imbalance of power between massage therapist and client adds to the fear and anxiety when sexual contact is initiated by the massage therapist. Often times due to shock and fear of the sexual contact, the client will go into an involuntary “freeze response” to cope with the trauma of the assault. This is a completely normal physiological response because the sexual contact is unexpected and the brain was previously attempting to go into a state of relaxation. Due to the “freeze response”, a client sexually assaulted in the massage setting often fails to immediately scream for help or otherwise report an assault. Sometimes victims of sexual assault experience guilt or shame if they did not immediately stop the sexual contact or report it right away. The “freeze response” is a completely normal response and the victims should not feel shame or guilt. It is never too late to report a massage therapist for sexual assault.

If you have a been a victim of sexual assault in a spa or during a massage, 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.  We handle lawsuits against Massage Envy, Massage Green, MassageLuXe, Planet Beach Spray & Spa, Hand & Stone, and Massage Heights among many other spas and hotels.