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Leonard Manuel Lopez De La Torre Horowitz Law

Massage Envy Employee Leonard Manuel Lopez De La Torre Arrested For Sexual Misconduct

On August 8, 2022, a St. Petersburg massage therapist, Leonard Manuel Lopez De La Torre, was arrested after reports were made that he sexually assaulted a female client during a massage. The St. Petersburg Police Department charged Lopez De La Torre with simple battery and booked him into the Pinellas County Jail. He then was released after posting $500 bail. Leonard Manuel Lopez De La Torre, 51, has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since August 2018.  

According to media reports, Lopez De La Torre was working at the St. Petersburg Massage Envy on 4th Street on August 2, 2022, when he performed a 60-minute massage on a female client. During the massage, Lopez De La Torre allegedly reached under the client’s sheet, grabbed the client’s right breast, and pulled her nipple, causing minor redness to the area,” an arrest report states. The arrest affidavit said that an employee at Massage Envy confirmed the victim was the suspect’s client on the day of the offense.

Massage Envy’s corporate office stated, “Massage Envy is committed to promoting a safe environment for members, guests and service providers at each of the over 1,100 independently owned and operated franchised locations nationwide. We urge anyone who experiences anything other than a safe, quality massage to report it immediately to the franchised location so that it can be investigated. We cannot comment on pending allegations or litigation involving any independently owned and operated franchised location.”

When clients schedule 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.  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 those circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault lawsuits against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at Massage Envy franchises 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 for massage clients at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

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Sarasota Massage Envy Therapist Keonte Mcknight Gets License Restricted for Sex Assault Complaint

On July 1, 2022, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) filed an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of Keonte Mcknight in response to a report of sexual misconduct during a massage he performed while working at Massage Envy in SarasotaThe Order prohibits Mcknight from practicing massage therapy on female clients in the state of Florida. Mcknight just became a licensed massage therapist in Florida in February 2022. Before becoming a massage therapist, Mcknight was a certified nursing assistant in 2017, but for some reason, the license expired in 2019 even though it was issued until 2023.

According to the Department of Health’s Emergency Order, on May 3, 2022, Keonte Mcknight performed a 1-hour massage on a 63-year-old female client at Massage Envy. During the massage, Mcknight rubbed the client’s upper thigh and in the crease between her leg and groin. As he got higher up the leg, the sheet became lifted off of the client’s vagina, leaving it exposed. As he massaged, he touched her clitoris and inserted one finger inside the client’s vagina. The client immediately say up and stated, “that was really personal.” Mcknight then moved back and apologized for “invading her personal space.”

The client then ended the massage, got dressed, and reported the incident to the receptionist. Massage Envy then reported it to law enforcement. This was not Mckinght’s first brush with the law. In 2018, Mcknight was charged with a second-degree felony for possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of marijuana (over 20g), but ultimately the charges were dropped. In 2019, Mcknight was charged for driving with a suspended license, yet again the charges were dropped.

Keonte Mcknight Allegedly Violated the Massage Therapist-Patient Relationship

When clients schedule 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.  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 those circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy. Mr. Keonte Mcknight willfully abused his position as a massage therapist to sexually violate a woman who trusted him to act professionally and within the boundaries of generally accepted massage therapy and treatment. Mr. Mcknight’s violation of the massage therapist-patient relationship indicates that he lacks the good moral character and judgment necessary to safely practice massage therapy.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault lawsuits against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at Massage Envy and various massage salons and spas. 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 for massage clients at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

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Massage Envy Therapist Paul Mixon Disciplined for Sex Assault Complaint

On June 16, 2022, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) filed an Emergency Order restricting the massage therapy license of Paul Mixon in response to a report of sexual misconduct during a massage he performed while working at Massage Envy in Sanford, FLThe Order prohibits Mixon from practicing massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida. Mixon has been licensed as a massage therapist in Florida since November 2019.

According to the Department of Health’s Emergency Order, on May 12, 2022, Paul Mixon was assigned to perform a 2-hour massage on a 43-year-old female client at Massage Envy. Mr. Mixon had previously worked on the client multiple times to release stress in her pectoral muscles. During the last massage, the client laid on her back with her chest covered by a sheet.

Mixon began the massage, rubbed the patient’s jaw, and then moved to her pectorals. Upon completing the pectoral massage, Mr. Mixon pinched her nipples. Mr. Mixon moved to the client’s left side, removed the draping on her left leg, and began to massage the left leg in an upward motion. Mr. Mixon allegedly removed the draping from the client’s vaginal area and used a finger on his left hand to penetrate the client’s vagina.

The client immediately made an audible sound, which startled Mr. Mixon. He then placed his right hand on the client’s neck and squeezed it for her to stop. The client remained silent, closed her eyes, and removed Mixon’s hand from her neck. Mr. Mixon then removed his finger from the patient’s vagina and completed the massage as if nothing happened.

After the massage ended, the victim got dressed and exited the room. On or about May 16, 2022, the victim reported Mr. Mixon’s conduct to the Sanford Police Department. Two days later, the victim reported the vaginal penetration to her doctor and complained that she was experiencing upper vaginal pain since the penetration. The victim was diagnosed with candida vulvovaginitis, a yeast infection, and prescribed medicine for it.

When clients schedule 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.  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 those circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy. Mr. Paul Mixon willfully abused his position as a massage therapist to sexually violate a woman who trusted him to act professionally and within the boundaries of generally accepted massage therapy and treatment. Mr. Mixon’s violation of the massage therapist-patient relationship indicates that he lacks the good moral character and judgment necessary to safely practice massage therapy.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault lawsuits against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at Massage Envy and various massage salons and spas. 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 for massage clients at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

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Diego Holguin Cespedes of Massage Envy in Miami Beach Disciplined for Sex Assault Complaint

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) issued an Emergency Order on March 9, 2022, restricting the massage therapy license of Diego Holguin Cespedes in response to a report of sexual misconduct during a massage he performed while working at Massage Envy in Miami BeachThe Order prohibits Holguin Cespedes from practicing massage therapy on male clients in the State of Florida. Holguin Cespedes has been licensed as a massage therapist in Florida since November 2020.

According to the Department of Health’s Emergency Order, on November 20, 2021, Diego Holguin Cespedes was assigned to perform a 60-minute massage on a male client at Massage Envy. During the massage, Holguin Cespedes allegedly told the client to flip over, laying face up on the massage table. He massaged the client’s shoulders and neck and then worked his way down to the client’s legs and thighs. While massaging the victim’s thighs, Holguin Cespedes allegedly placed his hand up into the client’s boxer briefs from the right leg opening. He then grabbed and stroked the client’s genitals and penis according to the Order. The client tried knocking his hand away and stated, “man, what are you doing, I don’t get down like that.” Holguin Cespedes allegedly responded by saying “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” and left the room. The client got dressed and told a staff member what had happened. Holguin Cespedes was fired that day from Massage Envy.

When clients schedule 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.  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 those circumstances, massage therapists must possess good judgment and good moral character in order to safely practice massage therapy. Mr. Holguin Cespedes willfully abused his position as a massage therapist to sexually violate a man who trusted him to act professionally and within the boundaries of generally accepted massage therapy and treatment. Mr. Holguin Cespedes’ violation of the massage therapist-patient relationship indicates that Holguin Cespedes lacks the good moral character and judgment necessary to safely practice massage therapy.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault lawsuits against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at Massage Envy and various massage salons and spas. 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 for massage clients at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

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.

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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.

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Lawsuit Filed Against Massage Envy in North Miami for Sexual Misconduct

On October 25, 2021, Horowitz Law filed a lawsuit in Miami-Dade Circuit Court against the North Miami franchise of Massage Envy after massage therapist Jorge Perez Reyes allegedly assaulted a female client. The Massage Envy franchise is located at 1815 NE 123 North Miami, Florida 33181. 

Allegations in the Complaint

According to the client, she went to Massage Envy on April 11, 2021 to receive a deep tissue massage and was assigned to Jorge Perez Reyes. She entered the room, disrobed, and laid face down on the massage table.  At the start of the 90-minute session, the client says Reyes began making inappropriate comments that made her uncomfortable. When she asked for a chest pillow, Perez Reyes reportedly said, “I guess we have a lot of big booby women here today because we are out of chest pillows.” 

As the session continued, so did Perez Reyes’s inappropriate behavior, the client recalls. Perez Reyes allegedly used his hands and fingers to make hand motions to “simulate how a man would pleasure himself.”  After the first part of the massage, the client says Perez Reyes instructed her to turn over on her back for a stretching session. He allegedly began to caress the client’s face and make inappropriate noises in her ear.   Shortly after communicating how uncomfortable she was, the client says Perez Reyes moved his hand from her upper thigh to her vagina. The client claims that she kicked Reyes off of her and demanded that he leave the room. 

Updates on Perez Reyes and Massage Envy in North Miami

At this time, it is unclear whether Perez Reyes is still employed at the Massage Envy franchise or if any steps are being taken to address the client’s report. 

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 can 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 Massage Envy location, 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

Melvyn King, formerly of Massage Envy Aventura, Faces Sexual Misconduct Complaint

On July 22, 2021 the Florida Department of Health Board of Massage Therapy filed an Administrative Complaint seeking to discipline massage therapist Melvyn King for his alleged sexual assault of a female client.  According to the Complaint, the incident occurred on July 17, 2019 when Melvyn King was employed at Massage Envy Aventura, located at 20633 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL 33180.   The Complaint alleges that Melvyn King impermissibly rubbed his clothed penis against his client’s arms during the massage appointment.

Florida law prohibits all sexual activity by any person employed in a massage establishment and says that no licensed massage therapist shall use the therapist-client relationship to engage in sexual activity.  The Board of Masstriction of practice, imposition of an administrative fine, issuance of a reprimand, placement of King on probation, corrective action, remedial education and/or any other relief that the Board deems appropriate.  Melvyn King has been licensed as a massage therapist in Florida since  December 2006.  King has also been self-employed as a massage therapist at Mel’s Mobile Massage.

Often times due to shock and fear of the sexual contact, a massage 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, shocking, 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 trauma 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 at Massage Envy, Massage Luxe, Hand & Stone, Essential Massage or any other location offering 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

 

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Lawsuit Filed Against Massage Envy in Hollywood

Horowitz Law has filed a lawsuit in Broward County Circuit Court against the Hollywood, Florida franchise of Massage Envy arising from an alleged incident of sexual misconduct by massage therapist Yahil Suarez Oliva at Massage Envy on November 24, 2020. This Massage Envy franchise is located at 5081 Sheridan St, Hollywood, FL 33021 in the Sheridan Plaza.

According to the client, Suarez Oliva provided a 60-minute massage to a 46-year-old female client. The client undressed and laid face down on the table with a sheet covering her buttocks. When Suarez Oliva entered the room, he uncovered one side of her buttocks.

During the massage,  he allegedly touched and grazed the client’s breast multiple times.  At one point, he directed his client to flip over on her back and lay face up.  According to the Emergency Order, the victim complained of sharp shooting pain in her groin area. Oliva began massaging the area with one hand, and with the other hand, he penetrated the client’s vagina using one or more fingers. He then reportedly walked by her side and rubbed his erect penis on the client’s arm and shoulder area. As he continued to massage her, the alleged victim told him “don’t touch me,” then got up and got dressed. The Order states that the client suffered from panic attacks for months thereafter.

The Florida Department of Health previously issued an Emergency Order on March 31, 2021, restricting the massage therapy license of Yahil Suarez Oliva.  The Emergency Order was issued in response to this same woman’s sexual misconduct claim. Suarez Oliva has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since November 2018. 

All massage therapists in Florida are licensed by the Florida Department of Health.  Other states have similar licensing boards.  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 can 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 Massage Envy location, 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

 

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MASSAGE ENVY IN AVENTURA TARGETED IN SEXUAL ASSAULT LAWSUIT

Horowitz Law has filed a lawsuit in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court against the the Massage Envy franchise in Aventura, Florida arising from an alleged incident of sexual misconduct by massage therapist Melvyn King during an appointment at Massage Envy on July 17, 2019.  This Massage Envy franchise is located at  20633 Biscayne Blvd. in Aventura, Florida.

According to the lawsuit, during the massage appointment, Melyn King leaned over his female client and rubbed his crotch onto her upper and lower arm, pressing his erect penis against her. The client reportedly tried to move her arm out of the way to avoid this contact, which was unexpected, shocking and uncomfortable.  The lawsuit says that King continued to lean over and rub his lower torso and groin area against the client’s arm and she could feel something hard against her arm.  King allegedly started breathing heavy near her, which made her extremely uncomfortable and desperate to end the massage.  At that time, the client told told King that she had to use the restroom so he would leave and allow her to get dressed.

All massage therapist in Florida are licensed by the Florida Department of Health.  Other states have similar licensing boards.  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 can also lodge a complaint with the Department of Health at this website: https://www.flhealthcomplaint.gov

Our law firm represents Massage Envy clients who have been subjected to sexual misconduct during a massage. If you have a been a victim of sexual assault during a massage at any Massage Envy location, 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